It is one of our few pieces of history and our home ground: the Stamford Bridge. The Bridge can fill about 42’000 people in BPL matches and about 38’000 in Champions League matches. But we’re a big club with fans from every place of the globe. Expansion of the stadium is impossible, due to the environment around the Bridge (buildings and railway). So the only way to get more Chelsea fans enjoying live football at Chelsea is a new stadium.
Reasons to build a new stadium
World wide popularity
We have 14’000’000 Facebook fans and 2 million Twitter followers; overall we have about 20 million fans around the world: Chelsea FC is one of the most popular football clubs worldwide. With so many fans from everywhere, we need a bigger stadium to entertain more fans.
Other big clubs also have big stadiums
FC Barcelona with Nou Camp (99’786), Manchester United with Old Trafford (75’765) or Real Madrid with Santiago Bernabeu (85’454): Every big European club has a big stadium, so should Chelsea. Even Arsenal’s Emirates has a capacity of 60’000 and City is also planning to expand the Etihad.
Bigger stadium means more money. Chelsea will make higher profits not only from sold tickets, but also from catering and most important from sponsoring. A new stadium does not mean that we have to pay all the money for it. Samsung and other sponsors, FIFA and perhaps the state and the city will pay at least 30% of the whole cost. Actually, Abra has the money for a whole new stadium anyway.
Financial Fair Play
Many people criticized Chelsea ahead of the Fifa Financial Fair Play. Luckily, infrastructure doesn’t count to the FFP. Therefore, a new stadium would not only help us to pass the Financial Fair Play, it would also be an investment for the future.
First step away from Abra
A new stadium would help Chelsea to get independent from Abra and other investors. Abramovich won’t be there forever and the new stadium will help Chelsea to make own profits and investments.
It’s a very difficult topic not only for the board, but also for us, the fans. Our stadium is different from the other clubs, which makes our club so unique. Our history and the name of our club lie at the Bridge and most importantly, our mascot has to change his name. I don’t want to leave the Bridge either, but we’re in a new era and someday, the requirements of the Bridge won’t cope with the requirements of UEFA/FIFA or the FA. If we want to leave the bridge, it has to be now.
The opinions about this subject are very different, so please let me know your opinion about the Bridge. Jonny (@jonny9fan)