Chelsea planning 60,000 capacity stadium at Battersea Power Station
Chelsea confirm they have submitted a bid to buy Battersea Power Station, unveiling plans for a new 60,000-seater stadium
Chelsea have submitted a bid to buy Battersea Power Station and plan to develop it into a 60,000 capacity stadium.
The west London club have been looking for alternative sites for a new ground after stating earlier in the year that expanding Stamford Bridge made no economic sense and plans for a new stadium on the same site are unrealistic.
The stadium plans include a 15,000 capacity one-tier stand behind the south goal, likely to be the biggest one-tier stand in football. The club said that the landmark’s four chimneys would be kept as part of the design.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Battersea Power Station is one of London’s most famous buildings and has the potential to become one of the most iconic football stadiums in the world.”
“Our joint bid was submitted in accordance with the sales process established by the joint administrators for the site. The process could run for a number of months. We are not the only interested parties and there is no certainty that we will be successful.
“We also appreciate that we have many significant hurdles to address if we are to build a new stadium on the site, including winning the support of our fans, the CPO shareholders and local Wandsworth residents, as well as securing the approval of Wandsworth Council, the Greater London Authority and heritage authorities.
“We must also stress that making an offer for the Battersea Power Station site does not mean the club has made a definitive decision to leave Stamford Bridge.”