The announcement by the government that Chelsea FC will be transferred to new owners raises the question of what will happen with Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea Football Club has issued a statement confirming that terms have been agreed upon for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the Club.
Of the total investment, £2.5bn will be for the purchase of the shares in the Club.
In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn in further investment for the benefit of the Club. The sum is for investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the Women’s Team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation.
Plans to develop Stamford Bridge from a capacity of 41,800 to 60,000 were shelved in 2018 due to an unfavourable investment environment. It is understood that planning permission for the development has lapsed. The plans involved vacating Stamford Bridge for three years and taking residence in Wembley Stadium.
Dan Silver of the Chelsea Supporters Trust (CST) spoke to UKPF on developing Stamford Bridge which is currently fourth in capacity for London football club stadiums. He emphasised that they would take the opinion of their members on plans that might come forward.
Dan said, “To develop stand by stand would be the dream scenario.
And went on to say, “The Champions League games could be held at Wembley with a reduced capacity.”
The first stand he would like to see addressed would be “the Shed”, turning it into a home supporters haven.
The sale has also had clearance from the EU.
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