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Chelsea explore 75,000 seater Battersea move

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Chelsea are considering advanced plans for a new stadium next to Battersea Power Station, three miles from their current home at Stamford Bridge. The proposed new ground would hold between 65,000 and 75,000 fans and would have a retractable roof. It has been designed by HOK Sports, the company that built Wembley Stadium, the Emirates and the north stand at the Bridge.

The new site is across the Thames in south London and it would take an hour to walk there from Stamford Bridge. It is also in a different borough, Wandsworth, to the stadium that has been the club’s home since their formation in 1905. The proposed development is expected to cost up to £500m and would, a source confirmed, be funded in part by the development of Stamford Bridge into luxury apartments. This mirrors the model Arsenal followed when moving from Highbury to the Emirates in 2006.

Chelsea are still exploring all options to develop Stamford Bridge and until those options are exhausted there is unlikely to be any serious consideration given to a move away from home. In addition, there are questions marks placed over Chelsea’s ability to fill the stadium for all games, although this is somewhat irrelevant considering that increased revenues and filling the stadium for big games will more than make up for the lack of mass interest in a home Champions League game against Eastern European minnows.

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