QPR look to leave Loftus


Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has revealed he is searching for a site to build a new stadium.


Their current home at Loftus Road holds just over 18,000 fans, while Fernandes thinks Neil Warnock’s side can attract up to 45,000 to a new ground.


Loftus Road has the smallest capacity of any Premier League ground, and Fernandes believes a larger site is an integral ingredient in turning the club into a major force in the Premier League.


"It's still premature," he said. "The key this season is to survive, but we would like a bigger ground.


"It has to be in the area. It makes no sense to move out from where you have spent most of your life, and where the fan base is.


"I've built airlines and Formula One teams, but building a stadium is not the easiest thing in the world. There are opportunities in west London we are looking at."


Fernandes, the owner of budget airline AirAsia, has refuted claims by some fans that the West London club could not fill much more than their current capacity.


He feels that a move away from a stadium that the club has been in, on and off, since 1917, would entice a new generation of younger fans.


"Some fans are saying 'We don't have a fan base bigger than 20,000'," concluded Fernandes.


"My gut feeling is 40-45,000. That's double where we are right now, but we're in London and there's a strong catchment area.


"Of course, there is nothing worse than a half-empty stadium, but I'm the king of sizing. If you start an airline with two planes, and then you buy 150 planes, the same question can be asked."

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