Chelsea are weighing up their choices relating to the redevelopment of their Stamford Bridge stadium.
The Blues’ 40,341-capacity house is the smallest among the many Premier League’s large six, whereas it’s at present the ninth-biggest stadium in your entire division.
The membership have lengthy sought to deal with this downside. Underneath Roman Abramovich’s stewardship, they thought of redeveloping Battersea Energy Station right into a soccer stadium, whereas plans have been additionally afoot to demolish Stamford Bridge and construct a state-of-the-art 60,000-capacity area on the identical website.
Whereas these plans didn’t come to fruition underneath the Russian, present co-owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake are eager to beat a number of obstacles with a view to ship a brand new stadium a method or one other.
Stamford Bridge is positioned in a decent house in a built-up space of west London, sitting adjoining to railway and tube strains in addition to a cemetery.
In accordance with the Every day Mail, Chelsea hope to have redeveloped Stamford Bridge by 2030 at a price which may exceed £2bn – a steep value that Boehly and Clearlake are ready to pay.
They add that Boehly has informally mentioned a brief relocation down the highway to Craven Cottage with Fulham proprietor Shahid Khan, with work on Stamford Bridge anticipated to final for not less than 4 years.
It is steered that whereas most of Chelsea’s video games away from their non secular dwelling can be performed at Craven Cottage, they may host greater matches at Wembley or Twickenham – the membership have approached the RFU over probably taking part in on the latter.
Fulham themselves have priors in the case of taking part in on the dwelling of a rival throughout stadium redevelopment – they spent two years at QPR’s Loftus Street whereas Craven Cottage was renovated to satisfy Premier League standings.
Tottenham additionally spent 18 months at Wembley whereas their new stadium was constructed on the location of their previous White Hart Lane floor.