England: What will Chelsea's stadium future be?

source: StadiumDB.com; author: Kuba Kowalski

England: What will Chelsea's stadium future be? Chelsea are continuing to consider the possibility of moving from their current Stamford Bridge stadium, despite the club receiving confirmation of the purchase of the land next to their current stadium for £80 million.


Details of the deal and future plans

Following consultation, Stoll, the veteran housing provider, has agreed to sell the majority of the 1.2-acre site next to Stamford Bridge to Chelsea. The club beat 12 other bidders in the battle to buy the site. Although the sale is expected to be finalised early next year, Chelsea does not intend to take over the site before the end of 2025, agreeing to a lease term so that residents are not forced to leave their homes immediately.

While the purchase of the site is seen as a step towards the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, no final decision has yet been made on whether the current stadium will be demolished and rebuilt or whether the club will move.

Stamford Bridge© Craig Grobler (cc: by-nc-nd)

Will Chelsea move out from Stamford Bridge?

Many Chelsea fans fear leaving the historic home of the club, which was founded in 1905. Chelsea's future at Stamford Bridge therefore remains uncertain, even despite the purchase of the neighbouring ground. The club is still considering various options for its stadium, and a final decision has still not been made.

Chief executive Chris Jurasek is particularly keen to further explore the idea of Chelsea leaving their current home and this month announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer, Jason Gannon, who has worked as managing director of SoFi Stadium in California.

Stamford Bridge rendering© Herzog & de Meuron / Chelsea FC