Chelsea are planning to build a new 60-000 capacity stadium and have given fans the latest updates on the Stamford Bridge redevelopment and their plans for temporary relocation.
The Blues held a Supporters’ Consultative Forum on April 19, in which club chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaia were both in attendance. The redevelopment of Stamford Bridge and where the Blues might play during that time was the major topic for discussion.
This redevelopment plan means Chelsea will have to play away from their home ground for three seasons.
Wembley Stadium, where Spurs will be playing their home games from next season is currently the main option, but not the only option the club has, judging from the minutes of the meeting.
The minutes read: “The Club said it was still assessing requirements and considering options regarding a temporary stadium location and there was nothing to report. There are many factors the Club has to weigh up when considering where we play while the new stadium is being built.
“There are a number of potential temporary venues within the M25 and the Club is continuing its wide-ranging assessment study. Supporters gave a range of views as to where we could play and stressed the importance of fan engagement.
“The Club said it would continue to keep supporters informed, both with regards to the new stadium and where the Club decides it is best to temporarily relocate.
“One supporter commented that some fans may want to stop watching Chelsea at a temporary stadium and restart when we return to Stamford Bridge.
“The Club said it intends for the memorial plaques to return to the Bridge when it’s rebuilt. It will also take into account the weather vane and the urn holding Peter Osgood’s ashes. The intention is for the Shed Wall to remain.”