Chelsea and Roman Abramovich have lost out for once. The ambitious plan to relocate from Stamford Bridge to new stadium constructed on the site of Battersea power station has been scuppered. The company in charge of the bidding process, Ernst and Young have announced that the site will go to an partnership of two Malaysian companies.
The power station is a Grade 2 listed building, and Chelsea would have had to keep a fair bit of the façade. They were planning to keep the four chimneys and make the new stadium one of the most iconic in the world.
Chelsea do need a bigger stadium, as the current capacity of 42,000 is paltry compared to Old Trafford (76,000) and the Emirates (60,000). Chelsea could generate much more revenue and be used for other events if they had a bigger stadium, but apparently it is not viable to expand on the current site.
Abramovich tried last year to buy out the fan’s collective that owns Stamford Bridge but was turned down, according to the Daily Mail. Could this have something to do with his decision to relocate?