CHELSEA HOPE TO POWER STADIUM MOVE

Chelsea Football Club is now exploring the possibility of building a new 60,000-seater stadium at Battersea Power Station.

The Blues have appointed a London architecture firm to draw up plans for the 3.3 mile relocation. However the club has not officially announced a move away from Stamford Bridge as they still need to buy back the freehold of their home ground before they can relocate – something the club failed to do last month.

A Chelsea spokesman said: "In the past, we've talked to various people with interests in Battersea Power Station, but we haven't had any substantive discussions with anyone regarding that site for several months. However, in light of current developments, we now think it prudent to look again at the feasibility and potential for the BPS site to be developed for a football stadium.

"We have made no decision to leave Stamford Bridge, and we continue to discuss with the local council any economically viable options to expand the Bridge, but we will continue to investigate various options close to Stamford Bridge."

The West London club is still trying to persuade the owners of Earls Court to give them permission to build there but have not met much success. It may also not be plain sailing at the Battersea Power Station site whose owners have been looking to find an equity investor to fund a proposed £5.5bn redevelopment.

Battersea Power Station ceased generating power in 1983, but the site is still used for hosting events - one of the latest being the ATP World Tour Finals Gala.

Posted on 24/11/2011