How the new Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage will look
By Michael Benson – @michaelbensonn
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham have approved Fulham FC’s plans for a new, modern Riverside Stand to boost capacity at Craven Cottage.
The club’s designs were given the thumbs up at a planning meeting on Tuesday evening following consultations with supporters and local residents.
The new stand will boost capacity of the 238-year-old ground from 25,700 to 29,600 as Fulham look to take their old stadium into the modern era.
The main work is expected to commence in summer 2018 and the Cottagers say a full timeline will be announced in due course.
Chairman, Shahid Khan, said: “Our goal for a brighter future for Fulham Football Club, the neighbourhood, our borough and all of London is now at our doorstep. Tonight’s news wouldn’t be possible if not for supporters and local residents who believed in our vision, so I hope they will join us in celebrating what will be a new and important chapter in the history of Fulham and Craven Cottage. While there are too many people to thank, no one who helped to play a role in this process to date will ever be forgotten.”
CEO, Alistair Mackintosh, added: “We are all delighted with the outcome of the decision this evening. Craven Cottage has been the home of Fulham Football Club since 1896 and it’s fantastic news for our supporters, our local community and everyone associated with the club.
“Subject to fulfilling the necessary conditions, we are excited that plans to redevelop the Riverside Stand may proceed and improve facilities available throughout the year, helping to deliver our chairman’s long-term vision of providing a world-class venue whilst safeguarding the club’s future at Craven Cottage.
“We are grateful for the support, ideas, energy and inspiration of our chairman, Mr Shahid Khan, in improving the design and bringing it to this point. Thank you also to the Fulham Supporters’ Trust for their assistance and all the supporters and staff who have commented on, provided ideas for, and backed the scheme in addition to the great work by everyone involved with the project.”