How to handle stadia transitional issues.

Posted on December 13, 2011 by


As Fulham FC enjoy, or endure, the Christmas period, they will be doing so in their eleventh season in the top flight of English football. At it stands, the traditional Craven Cottage can hold 25,700 fans, the smallest out of the established premier league stadiums (only Q.P.R and Swansea city have lower maximum attendances).

It is almost certainly time for a change at Craven Cottage, but this hasn’t meant plans for a new stadium to be built, it hasn’t meant re naming the stadium to cash in for naming rights (a la The Etihad or The Emirates) and advertising opportunities, it  hasn’t meant a total disregard for what fans want to see. Surveys have been compiled, even meetings arranged with season ticket holders to come and give their say on what route FFC should go down in order to expand the stadium without compromising the wishes of the most important part of any football club: the fans.

The Riverside Stand has been earmarked for redevelopment. The famous Cottage, sitting to the left of the Riverside, where the  dressing rooms are and the friends and family of the players sit, is to remain intact. The development may look modern, and contrary to the themes that Craven Cottage exudes; tradition, history, nostalgia, but it is necessary and almost certainly the best way to handle the development of a much loved football ground. The way that this has been handled just further enhances Mohamed Al Fayeds position as one of the best chairmen in the Premier League.

Go to Craven Cottage tomorrow, Wednesday 14th of December, as Fulham Fc take on Odense in the Europa League. It’s a group deciding game and will only cost you £5/10.

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