Chelsea’s stadium redevelopment plans have been dealt a severe blow after it was revealed the planned moving in date has been pushed back yet again.
According to Mirror sport, the Blues were initially hoping to move into the new version of Stamford Bridge in time for the 2020/21 season — but that has now been pushed back to at least 2024/25.
Chelsea were supposed to move out of their current ground next season but will now not vacate until 2020.
Speaking at a Fans Forum earlier this season, a member of the project team looking after Chelsea’s stadium redevelopment is reported to have said: “We hope, subject to approvals, to start (work) in the third quarter of 2018 including the museum and health club being demolished, with work on the railway lines starting in 2019.
“There will be at least two further seasons here after this one.”
Chelsea’s temporary home for their four year exile has not yet been decided but Wembley is understood to be the front-runner.
The new £500million facility will be built on the existing Stamford Bridge site and see match-day capacity increase from 41,600 to 60,000.
The Blues are in desperate need of a new stadium, currently boasting only the seventh largest stadium in the Premier League – with Tottenham’s new 61,000 seat home set to relegate them to fourth in London.
The club had previously considered moving to a new site at the former Battersea Power Station, but the expansion would allow them to stay at Stamford Bridge, which has been their home since 1905.
The increased capacity will see 13,374 extra general admission tickets available for each game, with the number of hospitality seats doubling to 9,200 which will provide a huge boost to their match day income.