CHELSEA EXPLORE NEW STADIUM SITE

Chelsea Football Club is considering building a new ground on the soon to be demolished Earls Court exhibition centre.

The proposed site is less than half a mile away from their existing stadium Stamford Bridge which has been their home since 1905 when the club was first formed.

The Blues are looking at ways of increasing revenue and believe a brand new 60,000-seater stadium could help close the gap in gate receipts to their rivals.

Stamford Bridge has a current capacity of under 42,000 which is dwarfed by Manchester United's Old Trafford which holds around 76,000 and Arsenal's Emirates at over 60,000.

Current plans hope to transform Earls Court into a new residential area with more than 8,000 homes.

A Chelsea spokesman said: "We will always look at proposals put to us and we get two or three of these a year. But we have no plans to move stadium at this time."

Any new stadium would not be ready until 2015 because Earls Court is booked to host the 2012 Olympic volleyball competition before the centre is pulled down.

The latest phase of public consultation takes place this week and is being undertaken with fellow landowners, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Transport for London.

Posted on 09/11/2010