QPR UNVEIL PLANS TO LEAVE LOFTUS ROAD

Queens Park Rangers have announced plans to leave Loftus Road in favour of a new 40,000-seater stadium.

Old Oak, within two miles of their current home, is the proposed location as part of an extensive regeneration project.

As well as the new stadium, the scheme includes a 24,000-home residential area and commercial space for a 350-room luxury hotel, studios, offices, cinemas and restaurants, in addition to creating 50,000 jobs. 

Loftus Road, home to QPR since 1917, has a capacity of just over 18,000 people, with the club averaging just over 17,000 at home matches in the Championship this season.

Chairman Tony Fernandes said: “Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club, but we need more than an 18,000 capacity.”

He also added that with “no option of expanding” their current home, relocation is essential in establishing the Hoops in the Premier League. 

Last season, they had the lowest capacity in the top flight. Chief executive Philip Beard said their fans would be consulted over any move.

Posted on 13/12/2013