Fulham Football Club is delighted to announce that on Wednesday 26th March, after a meeting of the Board of the Port of London Authority, the Club has been granted a river works licence to enable it to progress with the development of the Riverside Stand.
Fulham received planning consent for this development in July 2013, subject to the licence being obtained. The Club is now in a position to commence with a projected timetable for the development.
One of the key considerations of the Port of London Authority in granting the licence is the Club’s commitment to the opening up of the river walkway to enable it to be enjoyed by the local community and the general public for the first time in recent history.
Craven Cottage has been the home of Fulham Football Club for 115 years.
Over the last few years, we have seen match attendances rise from 9,000 a game in 1997/98 to 25,700 today. For the last three seasons, we have been at capacity.
In that period, we have been improving the facilities at Craven Cottage but have now reached the limits of what we can do without major investment in the ground.
To ensure that the Club can continue to prosper and compete, we need to expand and improve our facilities at Craven Cottage.
The new stand will bring benefits for fans and local residents. It will:
- Substantially improve the visual appearance of the area
- Provide a new riverside walk along the Thames, with facilities such as a riverside café open to the public
- Help manage crowds on match days.