COUNCIL HELP IS NOTHING NEW
European champions Chelsea has said that the offer from the council to help them with regard to the stadium expansion is nothing new.
They have also said that they have been left unsatisfied with the efforts taken by the Council in order to help them increase the stadium capacity. Chelsea's current stadium capacity of just 42,000 puts them way behind the top clubs in Europe like Manchester United and Barcelona, who have more than 75,000 capacity in their stadiums.
After winning the European Cup for the first time in their history, Chelsea have set their sights on increasing the stadium capacity as the only means of guaranteeing them increased revenues.
Arsenal have been the best example of having a substantial increase in revenues following the move to the 60,000 seater Emirates stadium. Chelsea have looked at the possibility of moving to the Battersea power station, but they have been dealt a blow after their bid was not successful.
As a result, they are left to look at alternatives like the Earls court. Chelsea have all but ruled out the possibility of increasing the current stadium capacity of Stamford Bridge due to the constraints surrounding the area like the tube station and the nearby buildings.
The club, though, remain confident of still achieving their dream of moving to the Battersea Power Station. "It now looks highly unlikely that CFC [Chelsea Football Club] will be moving away from their historic home. The council remains committed to working with the club to explore all possible avenues for keeping the Blues here at their original home. The door is open and the council is again ready to sit down and discuss how Stamford Bridge can be appropriately upgraded so that it is fit for one of Europe's leading football clubs, and compete with the likes of Manchester United and Inter Milan" said Nicholas Botterill – the leader of the council.