Chelsea plans for extending Stamford Bridge approved by Stoll veterans charity
As per Evening Standard, Chelsea have been handed major news about their redevelopment of Stamford Bridge after the Board of Trustees at the Stoll Veterans charity approved the Blues’ £80 million purchase of the 1.2-acre Stoll Mansions site next to their stadium.
The Stoll veterans held a nine-week meeting and then a further six-week discussion about giving their land to Chelsea for their renovation of Stamford Bridge. The Blues will take over the land in 2025 after outbidding the 13 other buyers to secure the area for the extension of seats in their stadium.
The Blues aim to build at least a 55,000-seat arena, but it’s unclear whether they want to rebuild the ground or relocate altogether. Either way, it is imperative that we plough along and get the plans in order to secure the long-term future of the club.
However, a move away to another arena will affect the fans, as they fear a move away from the historic Stamford Bridge stadium, which was founded in 1905 will be akin to giving up a piece of club folklore. Surely, we can achieve something similar to what Liverpool are doing with Anfield.
If Chelsea decides to move away, then they will have two options to play their home matches during construction: first, Fulham’s Craven Cottage and second, Wembley. Todd Boehly and Co. have a big decision to make, and it should also satisfy the fans who will have to get onto the road just to make it to home games.
A big club like Chelsea ought to have a large stadium that rivals venues like Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabéu. The club’s decision to expand Stamford Bridge will greatly benefit from having more spectators inside the stadium.
A larger stadium and more ticket sales will enhance the atmosphere at home games. However, the biggest obstacle will be deciding whether they want to continue playing at Bridge or move when it begins to be renovated.
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We still have a long way to go before the reconstruction begins in 2025, so let’s wait and see how things develop until then.