Chelsea Ditches Plans for All-day Music Venue

Club had submitted licence application for marquee near the West Stand

The West Stand at Stamford Bridge. Picture: Steve Daniels

Neighbours of Chelsea FC’s ground at Stamford Bridge are celebrating the club’s decision to scrap plans for an all-day music venue at the stadium.

The proposals, which were advanced after American businessman Todd Boehly took over the club, would have included the construction of a large marquee near the West Stand. Two applications had been made to Hammersmith and Fulham Council to service alcohol at the marquee fom 10am to 11pm every day. This was part of a broader scheme to upgrade the concourse area around the ground.

The club was hoping to convert the stadium into a location that would hold live music events which angered residents of Fulham Road. A crowdfunder was set up by the Fulham Neighbourhood Matters group to fund a legal challenge to the bid. One objector claimed the plans constituted turning the area into ‘a night club in all but name’.

There were hundreds of objections to the proposals submitted by residents and now they have received a letter from Tom Glick, Chelsea’s President of Business, informing them that the application has been dropped.

The letter states, “Having spoken to some residents further to understand the issues involved, we have decided to withdraw both license [sic] applications and we have informed LBHF accordingly.

“Our primary concern is building a strong relationship with our neighbours. We want to do that independently from those applications.”


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May 15, 2023