Chelsea’s new stadium
Back at the start of the year, Chelsea were given the go-ahead to rebuild Stamford Bridge in plans that would expand the ground’s capacity to 60,000 seats.
Chelsea’s ground currently has a 41,600 capacity.
During the rebuild, Chelsea may have to find a new home on a temporary basis. The two likeliest options for Chelsea could be moves to Wembley Stadium or alternatively to Twickenham.
Stadium cost soars by 100%
On Friday, the Times have reported on how Chelsea’s new stadium plans are coming along.
In an incredible disclosure, the Times claim that Chelsea’s budgeting for the project was off by 100%. Readers are told:
Chelsea have significantly increased the projected cost of redeveloping Stamford Bridge to more than £1 billion, which would make it the most expensive stadium in Europe.
The club have yet to reveal a price for the ambitious project but The Times has learnt that internal discussions have placed the cost at double the £500 million that was estimated when they received planning permission for the 60,000-capacity stadium from Hammersmith and Fulham council in January.
That’s one hell of a miscalculation.
Will the soaring stadium fees impact Chelsea’s ability to move in the transfer market?
The Times note that “Chelsea are talking to several investment banks about financing the project”, although the means that the Blues will all of a sudden have debts to pay.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) November 16, 2017
People are laughing
And what of the design for Chelsea’s new Stamford Bridge stadium?
Some people have made jokes about the design, which some have compared to a food dicer and others to a slinky.
The best jokes at the design of Chelsea’s new stadium are below.
Chelsea's new stadium looks a bit like a Slinky. pic.twitter.com/2NiEp6Pfn6
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) December 1, 2015
Chelsea's new stadium design looks awfully familiar… pic.twitter.com/QaNifuCRTj
— 1886 (@1886_blog) January 11, 2017
— Scots Footy Cards (@ScotsFootyCards) January 12, 2017
Chelsea's new stadium – designed by Intel? It looks like a heat sync pic.twitter.com/Ixb01VYGKK
— D McGilloway-Penfold (@dave_penfold) January 12, 2017