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Chelsea could play at Wembley Stadium from 2017-18 season

Chelsea are ready to pay £11 million a year to use Wembley Stadium for three seasons if the planned Stamford Bridge expansion goes ahead, according to reports from The Times.

The newspaper says Chelsea, who are likely to need a temporary home from the 2017-18, made the offer to Wembley Stadium’s board and now lead the race to occupy the ground with Spurs being the toehr club.

Tottenham, who will need to relocate during a similar period while their new stadium is built, are said to have offered just £8 million a year to use Wembley.

The Times says the Wembley board has yet to decide whether to rent the national stadium to a team, given that it also generates substantial funds from other events, including NFL games and music concerts.

Chelsea could also look to move to Twickenham, the national rugby union stadium, should they fail to secure a deal for Wembley.

The Premier League champions are set to hold a public consultation on their Stamford Bridge redevelopment plans in September and to lodge a planning application with the local council in December.

Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has already unveiled its plans for the new-look Stamford Bridge, which is set to see capacity increase from 42,000 to 60,000.

 

Architect Jacques Herzog told The Guardian the stadium would feel like “a castle, or a medieval walled village … something you wouldn’t find anywhere else.”

He said: “We have tried to make it a place where people will really feel at home. I’ve never had that feeling so strongly as when I saw my first games in Liverpool and Manchester, how much you have this sense of a club’s identity in the stadium in England — more than anywhere else in Europe.”

He added: “It’s about creating something unique. Like Anfield – that is certainly not a nice stadium, but it has this amazing tradition.”

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