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Chelsea's £500M stadium launch celebrated

Chelsea's new stadium plans are being celebrated inside the local community.

The London Evening Standard says owner Roman Abramovich's £500m rebuild of Stamford Bridge, designed by the team who created Beijing 2008's lauded Birds' Nest, was given unanimous backing by councillors in Hammersmith and Fulham.

It means the current 41,600 capacity ground will be demolished to be replaced with a state-of-the-art venue.

Councillor Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council, told the Standard: “We are going to get one of the most outstanding football stadiums anywhere. It will be talked about and written about all over the world.

“In the post-Brexit period, to have such a huge sum of money pour in for what will be a spectacular attraction is good news for the whole UK economy."

Ben Peirson, speaking on behalf of holding company Fordstam, said the proposed scheme would: “deliver a modern football stadium of considerable architectural distinction which will be recognised as one of the world's most distinguished sports venues."

He added: “Not only would the new stadium be an important addition to the local townscape but it will contribute greatly to London's visitor economy and to the socio-economic prosperity of the local community."

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