London: Will Chelsea move to Lillie Bridge?

source: DailyMail.co.uk

London: Will Chelsea move to Lillie Bridge? This comes rather unexpected after it seemed there is no hope for Chelsea to get a piece of the Earl’s Court complex. Mail on Sunday suggests that the scheme is back on the table and with new conditions it may be an opportunity.

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Lillie Bridge is some 7 hectares (17 acres) of railroad depots just 1km north of Stamford Bridge, belonging to Transport for London. Initially it was thought to be part of the massive 77-acre (31-hectare) Earl’s Court redevelopment by Capital&Counties (CapCo), but now a different plan may be implemented.

Apparently, Transport for London have embarked on a feasibility study of the site, which is likely to be finished at the end of the year, and insist they will 'consider every possibility'. A bidding war between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Capco for Lillie Bridge is possible according to Mail on Sunday.

Initial bid of Chelsea to be included in the 77-acre masterplan was submitted in 2010 and failed in the end in 2013. It then seemed there’s no more chance of moving just by 1km. Will there be a chance now? The cost, estimated at some £200 million, should not be an issue if the club reach a binding agreement with Chelsea Pitch Owners, shareholders of the current stadium. Should they approve the move, a potential sale of the existing ground might generate a lot more income than required to buy the land.

Another question is whether any stadium of the desired size (60,000+) would actually fit on the plot. Its irregular shape and poor access might pose a threat to the entire idea. Even Stamford Bridge wouldn’t fit there, despite holding just under 42,000.

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