Chelsea mulling pulling down Stamford Bridge



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The Premier League club Chelsea F.C. are considering plans to demolish the Stamford Bridge in London, England (UK) and build a new £2 billion, 60,000-capacity stadium.

The Chelsea Football Club is an English professional football club based in Fulham, West London, UK. Founded in 1905, they play their home games at the Stamford Bridge. The club competes in the Premier League, the top division of English football. They won their first major honor, the league championship, in 1955.

The Stamford Bridge is a football stadium in Fulham, adjacent to the borough of Chelsea in West London, UK. It is the home of the Premier League club Chelsea F.C. With a capacity of 40,341, it is the ninth largest venue of the 2022-2023 Premier League seasons and the 11th largest football stadium in England.

‘METRO’ stated that talks over a brand new Stamford Bridge began back in 2011, with the former Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich keen on moving the club to a bigger, more modern stadium to rival the very best across Europe.

These plans were eventually put on ice after years of setbacks and delays, though Todd Boehly had quietly looked to continue the project since assuming ownership last year.

‘METRO’ further stated that now it has been reported that plans have been drawn up to tear down and rebuild the stadium that has been the ‘Blues’ home since 1905, in a similar manner to that of the Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur F.C’s new ground being built on the side of the 36,284-capacity White Hart Lane (which shut shop on May 14th, 2017) – the 62,850-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

The Stamford Bridge currently has a capacity of 40,303, making it only the 11th largest football stadium in England, even behind the likes of the Premier League team West Ham United F.C.’s residence – the 66,000-capacity London Stadium in London, the EFL Championship team Sunderland A.F.C.’s residence – the 48,707-capacity Stadium of Light in Sunderland, England, and the Premier League team Aston Villa F.C.’s 42,682-capacity Villa Park in Aston, England.

Such a rebuild would have many complications, however, in terms of planning permission, cost and the timescale of the project, though as per sources, money is of no concern to Boehly’s consortium.

However, the proposed stadium would not be completed by 2030 at the earliest, meaning that Chelsea would be forced to relocate to a temporary home for several years when construction commences.

And it is said that Boehly has already informally held talks with the Premier League club Fulham F.C. owner Shahid Khan about using their arch-rivals’ ground, the 25,700-capacity Craven Cottage in London, England.

Additionally, contact has been made with the Football Association (FA) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) over whether the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium in Wembley, England or even the 82,000-capacity Twickenham Stadium in Twickenham, England, could be used, with one possibility being that one of those is used for European fixtures while the Craven Cottage hosts Premier League matches.

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