There is a real possibility that Chelsea and Tottenham will be sharing Wembley during the 2017/18 Premier League season as the London rivals both look to upgrade their current stadiums, according to the Daily Mail.
Both teams are eyeing up the national stadium as a potential re-location stadium while they revamp their existing grounds.
Spurs have began preparations on upgrading White Hart Lane to a 61,000-seat stadium meaning they will have to relocate for one season when the work is ongoing.
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Chelsea would need Wembley for at least three seasons if their proposed plans go ahead for a new 60,000-seat stadium at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea are believed to want Wembley for themselves having offered £15million-a-season of rent but Spurs are open to the possibly of a ground-share and are willing to match the figure.
Spurs are far more advanced in their planning and are confident they will need to move out at the end of the 2006/17 season.
Their proposed 61,000 stadium will be the biggest club stadium in London - 1,000 more than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Chelsea’s proposed new Stamford Bridge - and will cost around £400 million.
Spurs also hope to include a 17,000 single-tier stand behind the goal in an attempt to generate a good atmosphere in a modern stadium - something that teams have found difficult.
Minor work has already started and the club hopes to be starting the 2018/19 season in their revamped stadium.
An alternative re-location option for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is Stadium mk in Milton Keynes which would mean a 100-mile round-trip for every home match for fans - something the club are keen to avoid.
Chelsea are a little further behind Spurs in terms of planning, and work won’t begin until the end of this current season. However, they also intend to move out of their existing ground at the end of next season to allow work to continue.
Some compromises would have to be made if Chelsea and Tottenham are to share grounds, none more so than the ground capacity rules.
Wembley is currently limited to 37 ‘major’ events each year meaning that the stadium can only reach it’s full capacity of 90,000, 37 times in a calendar year.
It’s likely that the top tier, consisting of 40,000 seats, would have to cut off during Chelsea and Spurs matches, meaning Wembley would be reduced to 50,000.
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