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Craven Cottage redevelopment: What’s the latest news?

Making changes to stadiums is always a risky game with long time supporters. That's especially true when the stadium you're adapting has been around for 125 years. Well, the Craven Cottage redevelopment is doing exactly that. Here we take a look at the history, the process and the future of Fulham football club.

Why change the existing Craven Cottage?

Now they are an established Premier League outfit once again, Fulham are looking to grow their brand image as all the top clubs now do. At the moment, Craven Cottage falls short in terms of stadium size despite its undeniable charm and superb location.

Before the Craven Cottage redevelopment got underway, the stadium only held 25,678. Of the current Premier League sides, that capacity puts it at number 16. In fact, there are several clubs limping along in the Championship and League One with bigger stadiums.

How long has the Craven Cottage redevelopment been planned?

Although the Riverside stand overhaul is a complex task owing to the close proximity of the River Thames, things have actually progressed at quite an alarming rate. Fulham owner, Shahid Khan, first announced the Craven Cottage redevelopment in May 2019.

One thing that nobody can dispute is Khan's commitment to getting the new stand erected. He first cited his ambition for the Riverside redevelopment back in 2013 and he's even had to pen a deal with the council confirming he will fund any work that may be needed to support the nearby river wall.

Over the past five years, the stand has been stripped down and rebuilt but the club believe that it will be finally ready at some point during the 2024/25 season.

Craven Cottage main stand

What will the new stand be like?

The new Riverside Stand will increase the capacity at Craven Cottage by 3,900 seats. It will tower over the other stands at the stadium and could potentially help to build a more ferocious atmosphere inside the small stadium.

Based on artist impressions and plans released by the club, the stand will primarily be all about hospitality. Some of the hospitality plans for the new Riverside Stand are grand, to say the least with one package including a rooftop swimming pool. 

Fulham chairman Shahid Khan, said: “My vision was to provide our fans, and our neighbourhood, with a destination that would continue to honour our history and tradition at Craven Cottage every day of the year, but especially on matchdays.

“It isn't about finally being able to offer a higher standard of hospitality options that have essentially been unavailable to Fulham supporters until now. It's about offering the ultimate matchday hospitality experience in the world that will also benefit the long-term promise and future of Fulham Football Club.

“The new Riverside Stand at Craven Cottage will make it possible.”