Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge will undergo major development changes
Chelsea are taking the next steps towards the long-awaited redevelopment of Stamford Bridge by starting to assemble an elite team of specialists.
The Blues had intended to upgrade Stamford Bridge previously, with designs overseen by former owner Roman Abramovich receiving planning permission in 2018.
The original schedule for this project, which would have seen the stadium reach a capacity of 60,000 with architecture inspired by London’s iconic Westminster Abbey, was due for completion in April 2021. But it never really got started and the building permit has since expired. .
Chelsea desperately need a bigger house. Stamford Bridge’s current capacity of 40,000 pales in comparison to the rest of the big Premier League clubs, all of which have stadiums ranging from 53,000 to 74,000. This means Chelsea are missing out on substantial additional revenue.
A redevelopment of Stamford Bridge was actually an integral part of the recent takeover led by chairman Todd Boehly. The overall figure linked to the takeover was £4.25bn, but included a promise to invest £1.75bn in the stadium and other future infrastructure.
The temperature reported that Janet Marie Smith, a leading specialist who has previously worked on Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium – two of baseball’s most iconic venues, has already been recruited to work alongside London-based architects.
Smith has a reputation for modernizing stadiums while incorporating historical elements. This could be a big plus when it comes to retaining the original character of a stadium that has existed since 1876 and has been part of Chelsea’s identity since 1905.
Chelsea co-owner Jonathan Goldstein, part of the Boehly-led consortium, also brings his expertise as a property mogul and has already presented possible options to the board.
The full range of options must be considered for the project, which includes rebuilding Stamford Bridge one stand at a time, demolishing the existing stadium and restarting from scratch, or moving to an entirely new site.
Liverpool are well into the process of redeveloping Anfield one stand at a time, while Tottenham have rebuilt a new home on the same site as their old White Hart Lane, while Arsenal have built the Emirates Stadium on a new one. site.
To leave Stamford Bridge altogether, Chelsea would need permission from Chelsea Pitch Owners, the company that owns full ownership of Stamford Bridge. The alternative is potentially having to give up the Chelsea FC name. Abramovich tried and failed to do so in 2011.