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There have been claims that Chelsea Football Club were looking to cut costs by planning to actually build a new stadium on a different site and not revamp the current Stamford Bridge stadium.
However, the club have refuted such claims and have once again reiterated that nothing has changed about the new Stamford Bridge redevelopment after recent reports about a change of venue.
Chelsea FC today released a statement via its official website, thus: “Chelsea FC is aware of the media speculation relating to the new stadium, however can confirm that the Club’s position remains unchanged since May 2018.
“The stadium project has been put on hold due to the current unfavourable investment climate. There is no time frame set for reconsidering this position, but when we do all relevant parties including the CPO and fans will be informed.”
Stamford Bridge currently holds around 41,000 and the new stadium was set to increase that number to around 60,000 once it was completed.
The new Stamford Bridge was also going to be built on the site of the current one, but there have been some complications with the project.
Chelsea had planned to play about four years away from home, while a bridge was going to have to be built over the current train line.
The planning permission was granted on March 31, 2017 and work was to be done within three years. The building work was set to cost between £500m -£1b, however the plans were shelved in May last year with the club citing a “current unfavourable investment climate.”
Roman Abramovich’s dispute with the UK government over his investor’s visa seems to be a huge cause of the delay.