Report claims that club is relooking at moving to a new ground
Stamford Bridge Stadium. Picture: Ank Kumar
A newspaper report is suggesting that abandoned plans for a ground switch for Chelsea FC may about to be revived.
The Daily Mail says that a working group has been formed at the club to look at alternatives to Stamford Bridge. It is believed that the move has been prompted by concerns that Chelsea’s main Premier League rivals, including Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Manchester United and Liverpool have all moved to new grounds, extended existing stadia or are considering expansion to increase their capacity for home fixtures. Seating just 41,000, Stamford Bridge would become one of the smaller grounds for a club with ambitions to win the league.
One of the schemes that the article suggests may be revived is the building of a new 60,000 seater stadium in Earl’s Court. This was first proposed when the club was owned by Roman Abramovich but failed to get planning permission.
Although the area where the stadium might be built is earmarked for a mixed-use residential and commercial development, no planning application has been submitted for the site so it has been speculated that it might not be too late for the stadium proposal to be revived.
The newspaper claims that, under the new ownership of Todd Boehly, momentum has grown for a plan to move to a new stadium although it is admitted that this remains at a very early stage.
One obstacle may be that the Chelsea Pitch Owners, a group which represents the interests of supporter, owns the freehold on the Stamford Bridge site. The club could move without the permission of Chelsea Pitch Owners but might result in the requirement for a name change from Chelsea FC.
We have asked Chelsea FC for comment and await a response.
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November 14, 2022