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Stadiums: Liverpool set to expand, Chelsea looking for space

Rio Ferdinand recently aimed some flak in the direction of Manchester City for planning to increase the capacity of their stadium despite being unable to fill their stadium for a big Champions League clash.

Turns out Manchester City are not the only ones in the Premier League who are planning an expansion. 

Liverpool fans are rejoicing because their club has been given permission to increase the capacity of the stadium from 45,500 to 59,000.

BBC reported that the expansion would come to two sections of the stadium -- the Main Stand and the Anfield Road Stand. 

Approval for the stadium was not smooth sailing though, as residents spoke of their fears that the parking situation would worsen with the proposed expansion. 

Local business leaders also complained that they feared that redeveloping the stadium would reduce their business by "taking away money from the local traders and clog Walton Breck Road".

This was countered by the Mayor of Liverpool who said that the development would bring new jobs to the area.

Chelsea, meanwhile, made headlines recently when they confirmed that they were looking to move to Twickenham, home of English Rugby.

They will need to move while they increase the capacity of Stamford Bridge from 41,800 to 60,000 reported The Guardian.

It is still early days of course as the spokesman for the Rugby Football Union was at pains to emphasise.

“We are regularly contacted by a variety of organisations, within and outside sport, on a wide range of opportunities concerning the use of what we believe is a world-class stadium.

“We have had an inquiry from Chelsea FC but have not had any discussions of any substance.

Spokesperson, Rugby Football Union 

The situation is further complicated by the fact that Twickenham will be hosting the Rugby World Cup in September and October 2015.

So fans of Chelsea, don't hold your breath just yet, Stamford Bridge looks set to be in use for some time. 

Source:  BBC, Liverpool FC, The Guardian

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