Chelsea may leave Stamford Bridge
The desire to get a spacious stadium can force Chelsea to leave Stamford Bridge.
Stamford Bridge, built in 1876, has consistently been home to the Blues since 1905. However, the arena can hold only 41,600 spectators in its current state – the least number of visitors throughout the Premier League Top-6 clubs.
Chelsea’s original plan was to reconstruct Stamford Bridge – to demolish the stadium and build a new one with 60,000 capacity. The club was ready, following the example of Tottenham, to rent a temporary field for several seasons while construction work would be underway.
However, it was all about finances – such a large-scale construction in the heart of London would have cost the club more than 1 billion pounds.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea bosses are open to the idea of building a new stadium elsewhere. This would allow Chelsea to save 500 million pounds.
At the moment, the Blues are actively exploring a suitable land. The project of the reconstruction of Stamford Bridge, all the permissions for which have already been received, has remained in a frozen state, but that idea hasn’t been completely rejected.
(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)