CHELSEA are re-considering a shock move to a 60,000-seater stadium in Earl’s Court.

Blues owner Todd Boehly continues to try and put his own stamp on the West London club.

Chelsea are reportedly considering a move to a new stadium in Earls Court

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Chelsea are reportedly considering a move to a new stadium in Earls CourtCredit: Reuters
Stamford Bridge has a 40k capacity and was last renovated in 1998

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Stamford Bridge has a 40k capacity and was last renovated in 1998Credit: Rex

The Daily Mail report that the American has created a team dedicated to building the new ground, although no venue has been decided.

Plans include the possibility of swanky 60,000 stadium on a 40-acre site in Earl’s Court.

Ideas about the new development are said to still be in the “early stages” and no official planning applications have been submitted.

Boehly would require permission from Chelsea Pitch Owners – the 180-year lease shareholder group who owns the freehold – to leave Stamford Bridge.

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A move to Earls Court, where the Exhibition Centre once stood, was explored under Roman Abromovich.

But plans were abandoned in 2010 when the Hammersmith and Fulham Council squashed them.

Another option is to REBUILD Stamford Bridge one stand at a time.

That would see a staged rebuild of the current ground, with the stands replaced and upgraded one by one.

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The hotel behind the Shed End would also be bulldozed.

Boehly has supposedly appointed architect Janet Marie Smith, who has worked on a host of stadium renovations in the US.

A number of Smith’s projects include Baltimore’s Oriole Park, Atlanta’s Olympic Stadium, the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park and Boehly’s Dodger Stadium in LA.

Chelsea want to build a new 60,000-capacity ground to satisfy supporter demand and keep up with domestic rivals.

Title-chasing Arsenal and Manchester City both have plush, modern stadiums, while Spurs new ground is widely regarded as one of the best in the world.


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