Chelsea weighing up new £2bn stadium – but face FOUR years away from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea weighing up new £2bn stadium – but face FOUR years away from Stamford Bridge

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has explored the possibilities of playing home games at Craven Cottage – the ground of rivals Fulham – as well as Twickenham while the work is carried out

Stamford Bridge currently only holds around 41,000 people(Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chelsea have held talks over playing at Craven Cottage, Twickenham and Wembley as Todd Boehly’s ownership group plots an expensive redevelopment of Stamford Bridge.

As part of their £4.25billion takeover of Chelsea last year, Boehly’s consortium promised to provide £1.75billion to fund “investments in Stamford Bridge, the academy, the women’s team and Kingsmeadow”. They are now exploring ways to redevelop Stamford Bridge, which lags behind Chelsea’s rivals with a capacity of around 41,000.

The club wants to build a new 60,000-seat stadium on the same site which has been their home since 1905. But that is easier said than done, with a huge number of problems needing to be overcome.

The Stamford Bridge site has the District Line and a Network Rail line running underneath it, while it is penned in by the Fulham Road, social housing and the Brompton Cemetery above ground. Meanwhile, Chelsea Pitch Owners, a group of fans all around the globe, own the freehold to the ground and certain intellectual property rights.

The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea hope to have built a new stadium at Stamford Bridge by 2030 at a projected cost of around £2bn. Boehly has spoken to Fulham owner Shahid Khan about potentially using Craven Cottage while the work is done, as well as the Rugby Football Union to discuss the possibility of using Twickenham.

Mirror Football reported in January that Wembley was being considered as another option, after the national stadium hosted Tottenham during their redevelopment of White Hart Lane.

Redeveloping Stamford Bridge will not be straightforward(Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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It is understood that Chelsea would be away from Stamford Bridge for a minimum of four years while building work goes on. The plan is to bulldoze the current stadium and build a new one, possibly with the pitch rotated by 90 degrees and sunken lower to avoid height restrictions.


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