You may have seen in the press over the past couple of days, news of Chelsea FC's need for a bigger ground as their current home at Stamford Bridge, is seen as too small for requirement. Basically they need bigger match day revenues in order to compete competitively against the likes of Manchester United in England and Barcelona in Europe.
The Independent ran an article on how the club are trying to buy the ground, back off a consortium of fans who bought it back in the 90's. They also went on to state the likely sites Chelsea will be eyeing up if it's a move away from their current ground that has to happen.
The sties are as follows:
Old Oak Common (proposed hub site for HS2 and Crossrail)
White City (land to north of Westfield, within a 5 minute walk to QPR)
Earls Court (big new plans for mixed-use scheme by Cap & Co)
Imperial Wharf (even Chelsea concede this site would be too small)
Battersea Nine Elms (again big new mixed-use plans proposed)
This then leaves the only options being to stay at Stamford Bridge and redeveloping, something architects have concluded isn't possible (for an increase in the region to 55,000 to 60,000) or a move to Wormwood Scrubs, which wouldn't go down well with conservationists.
I can't see Capital & Counties selling up and I'm sure Chelsea fans wouldn't be too favourable of a move to White City or even south of the River. The price of Battersea would also have shot up drastically within the past year, with it now having full planning permission.
Basically the story here is that it looks as though Chelsea have missed the boat if they want to find a site locally, which is big enough to accommodate a new stadium. Apparently you need around 18-20 acres to build a 60,000 seat stadium; Stamford Bridge currently sits on around 12-13 acres.
Maybe this is something they should have thought about 10 or 15 years ago before developers snapped up these large sites in fairly prime West London neighbourhoods. As we all know the need for more housing in the capital is great and it looks as though housing developers may have beaten Chelsea to the land...