Fulham plan to expand Craven Cottage

Fulham have unveiled plans to redevelop Craven Cottage and increase its capacity to 30,000.

The ground, which has been their home since 1896, currently holds 25,700 after a series of improvements made in the last decade.

“We are still in the very early stages of the planning process and will be holding a public exhibition in mid-October, where we would very much welcome people’s thoughts on our initial ideas,” said Fulham chief executive Alastair Mackintosh.

Fulham have no plans to leave their historic home

“The venue would also be subject to wider facility improvements and, as part of the consultation process, the club will begin speaking to residents, supporters and other interested groups from next week.

“We are confident that a redevelopment will improve the fans’ matchday experience, and enhance our corporate offering, whilst remaining sympathetic to the design of this historic ground.”

A plan to totally revamp the Cottage was scrapped in 2003 because of spiralling costs and opposition from fans.

It meant Fulham returned to a refurbished rather new stadium after a season playing at QPR’s Loftus Road ground.