Chelsea eyeing Battersea power base

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Chelsea have sounded out the possibility of developing Battersea Power Station as a site for their new stadium.

 

The BPS is an iconic London landmark, and officials at Chelsea believe there is scope for turning the site into a 55-60,000-seater stadium.

 

The site is just over 3 miles away from their current home at Stamford Bridge, and they have appointed architects to draw up plans in the event of a possible relocation.

 

A Chelsea spokesperson said: “In the past, we've talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven't had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months.

 

"However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium.

 

"We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge."

 

A sticking point for the West London club is they are unable to move anywhere, unless they own, and then sell, the land that Stamford Bridge is currently standing on.

 

The current freehold is owned by a supporter-led company, named Chelsea Pitch Owners, and they last month rejected an offer from the club to purchase the land.

 

There is no suggestion that Roman Abramovich is uprooting the club anytime soon, but they are keeping their options open following the rejected bid for Stamford Bridge.

 

The Blues have also explored the option of building near Earls Court, but it is thought they will be unlikely to secure permission.

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