West London club Queens Park Rangers have officially revealed plans to leave Loftus Road, their home since 1917, and relocate to Old Oak Common in west London, according to their club website.

The new ground will have a capacity of 40,000 and work is expected to begin in 2015 if all planning permission is granted and will be named 'New Queens Park'.

The relocation from Loftus Road to New Queens Park results in an expansion of capacity of almost 22,000 seats, with their current ground being able to hold 18,360 spectators.

The proposals were revealed through an official statement released by QPR Chairman Tony Fernandes.

In the statement, Fernandes insists that: “Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club and our supporters." However, he stresses the need for the relocation.

Fernandes revealed that the option of expansion at their current home is not available. He explained: “With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the Mayor’s and Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s commitment to regenerate the area, which includes an option to develop a new stadium at Old Oak as a key catalyst to bring forward redevelopment, cementing our future in this part of West London."

The new project is hoped to create an extra 50,000 jobs in the surrounding area.

Queens Park Rangers currently sit 2nd in the SkyBet Championship through the virtue of goal difference, and will be striving to return to the Premier League at the first attempt after their relegation last season. 

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