Chelsea have announced that they are installing rail seating in the Matthew Harding and Shed End stands at Stamford Bridge ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Stamford Bridge is set to have rail seating behind each goal next season
The change – which will result in the stadium’s capacity being reduced by just over 500 seats – is subject to approval by the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) and its Safety Advisory Group (SAG).
In a statement to fans, Chelsea said: “The decision is the result of many months of consultation with the SGSA and Hammersmith and Fulham Council, as well as work with independent architects to find the optimum solution for Stamford Bridge.
“We are excited to welcome you back to live football at a loud and improved Stamford Bridge next season.”
All-seater stadiums have been compulsory in the top two tiers since the start of the 1994-95 season, at the recommendation of the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.
However, an interim report from the SGSA last year found installing barriers in a seated area “mitigated the risk of crowd collapse” and found they had a “positive impact on spectator safety”.