Chelsea FC – Spurs Stadium Share Talk Returns


Chelsea FC are set to share Wembley Stadium with Tottenham Hotspur as both clubs close in on the redevelopments of their respective grounds.

The Telegraph reports that Spurs have matched Chelsea’s bid for the use of the national stadium as a temporary ground, moving all parties towards a ground-share. Both Premier League outfits are embarking on ambitious stadium redevelopment plans as they try to catch up with an ever-increasing appetite for football.

Chelsea were believed to have put in a mammoth £15 million-per-year offer for exclusive use of Wembley Stadium, but Spurs have apparently met that bid.

"Tottenham Hotspur have matched Chelsea’s offer to make Wembley their temporary home in a bid that could result in the London rivals sharing the national stadium for one season."

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Spurs only require the ground for one season but the prospect is certain to irk both Blues management and fans. Needless to say, Arsenal’s greatest rivals are also one of the most hated clubs in the eyes of Chelsea supporters and the idea of calling the same place home will undoubtedly make the stomachs churn. Hell, this is true on both sides as the feelings are mutual.

On a more practical side, this will result in a host of scheduling problems and a groundsman’s worst nightmare. Despite Chelsea’s current struggles, you would expect both sides to be playing European football in the 2017/18 campaign, raising the prospect of three or even four games being played in one week at Wembley. Of course, fixtures will likely be scheduled to avoid such a situation, but it all adds up in the end.

Having said that, there is no reason why the Blues should think that they are entitled to exclusive use of Wembley and Spurs should be allowed to make a play for it. If these reports are founded, then the North London outfit should be allowed to use the ground as well.

Furthermore, it seems that the FA are more than happy with this situation and if they can guarantee that such an agreement can be pulled off with no problems with regard to the pitch, then there are few complaints to have.

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These are just part of the sacrifices that Chelsea will need to make as they begin their ambitious Stamford Bridge expansion plans. When it was decided that the existing site would be redeveloped, as opposed to a permanent switch to a different area, complexities were accepted.

I guess we can see who can draw the more fans then.