Fulham’s average attendances have risen from 9,000 a game in 1997/98 to 25,700 this season. The club says it has now reached the limits of what they can do without major investment in the ground.
They committed last October to staying put in their historic location, and have now submitted plans for a major redevelopment of the riverside stand, which they say will substantially improve the visual appearance of the area, give them much better matchday facilities, while also opening a new public riverside walk connecting Hammersmith to Putney along the river for the first time in recent history.
They say the design of the new stand “mirrors the bend in the river”, and will reduce the impact of floodlighting on the river and surrounding streets.
The club is holding two exhibitions on Wednesday 25 January and Saturday 28 January to showcase the final design submitted.