Fulham Football Club announced this week that it has signed an agreement with lead contractor, Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, for the demolition and development of the Riverside Stand, commencing this summer.
The new stand will not only increase the seating capacity at Craven Cottage but also enhance amenities to the ground and locality for supporters, residents and visitors to enjoy.
Designed by architect Populous, the development boasts a transformation of the riverside walkway into a world-class leisure destination; a pathway that will allow an uninterrupted walk along the banks of the River Thames between Hammersmith and Putney Bridges and a choice of amenities for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.
Supporters will experience best-in-class offerings, with the stand incorporating contemporary designs and state-of-the-art concourses and hospitality lounges on matchdays. The design of the Riverside Stand is sympathetic to Fulham Football Club’s location, the glorious River Thames and the environment.
Importantly, the Riverside development reaffirms Craven Cottage as the home of Fulham Football Club, both for now and future generations.
Throughout the two-year build, there will be ongoing consultation with key stakeholders, and regular updates on the progress of the development will be made available.
Fulham FC Chairman, Shahid Khan, said:
I am delighted to now be able to formally announce that our work on the Riverside Stand development will begin in earnest this summer. I understand today’s announcement was many years in the making, but the right thing for all parties was to be deliberate, collaborative and thorough. I thank our supporters for their patience, and am especially grateful to all those who have worked tremendously hard behind the scenes to bring us to this point. The wait will be worth it.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to Councillor Stephen Cowan, Leader of the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, who has bent over backwards to make this happen.
Craven Cottage is a unique and inspiring venue to not only play football, but to visit. As I noted upon becoming Chairman in 2013, it has always been my intention to follow through with the development of the Riverside Stand, and today’s news brings that intention to reality.
Make no mistake, the Riverside development will be a location like no other, a real game-changer for Fulham Football Club, our neighbourhood, and all of London. Our aim is to create a world-class destination for fans and guests to experience and enjoy, whilst retaining the charm that Craven Cottage exudes within our very own section of the River Thames. In doing so, we will also safeguard the Club’s future at Craven Cottage, forever the rightful home for Fulham.
Everyone associated with Fulham Football Club is very much looking forward to this exciting project.
Images, courtesy: Fulham Football Club / Populous
Attendees at the 2018 edition of ALSD International - Europe's leading event for the Premium Seat & Hospitality sector - were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of Fulham FC's Craven Cottage, with Rob Paddon, Head of Matchdays Sales, providing details on the Riverside Stand development. Those attending this October's edition of ALSD International will be treated to technical tours of 3Arena, Aviva Stadium and Croke Park Stadium, which is also the host venue for this year's must-attend event.
This article first appeared on the Sports Venue Business (SVB) website at: https://sportsvenuebusiness.com/index.php/2019/05/23/fulham-fc-confirms-riverside-stand-development/