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Volume 10 No. 22
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League Championship Side Fulham Plans Stadium Expansion, Riverside Walkway

League Championship side Fulham is "planning a huge expansion to accommodate thousands more fans" while creating a new riverside walkway along the Thames, according to Barney Davis of the London EVENING STANDARD. The club "will demolish its Riverside Stand and rebuild with two tiers of seating," while creating shops, cafes and nine short-stay luxury apartments. Capacity at Craven Cottage will increase from 25,700 to 29,600. The walkway "would open a currently closed section of the riverbank" and allow people enjoying the Thames Path to "continue strolling by the water." However, "it will encroach on to the Thames" by up to 11m, with the new stand above it -- "sparking opposition from some locals." Architecture firm Lichfields cited Tottenham’s expansion and West Ham’s move to the London Stadium, saying, "The ambition is to return to the Premier League as soon as possible. The stadium has to match this ambition" (EVENING STANDARD, 1/18).