Chelsea investigate new stadium site
Chelsea have begun investigating the possibility of building a new stadium at Battersea Power Station in London.
The Premier League club have hired a London developer and architecture firm to begin designing plans for a 55,000-60,000 all-seater stadium on the iconic site.
Chelsea have yet to commit to leaving their Stamford Bridge home and must first buy back the freehold of the famous ground before they can move.
A Chelsea spokesman said: “In the past, we’ve talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven’t had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months.”
“However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium.”
“We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea must sell the land at Stamford Bridge if plans for a new stadium are to be realised, a move that was scuppered when the Chelsea Pitch Owners rejected the club’s offer to buy the freehold last month.
Thu 24 November, 2011