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Chelsea ready to spend big on new temporary home

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After the impressive open consultation and presentation that Chelsea held last week about our new stadium, one of the biggest questions that remain is what are we going to do for the three or so years that it will take to rebuild Stamford Bridge to its new specifications.  The club have explored the possibility of using Twickenham, but it looks like Wembley might be the preferred, and perhaps the more realistic option, even.

Chelsea have offered about £11 million a year to use Wembley as a temporary home while Stamford Bridge is rebuilt. The club have made a presentation to Wembley Stadium's board and want to play at the national stadium for three seasons, probably from the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

-source: The Times

The Times also claim that we're now ahead of Tottenham when it comes to using Wembley as a temporary home.  Spurs have supposedly offered only £8m a year for the two years they'll need a temporary home.  Regardless of who wins the bidding, Wembley's overall capacity would need to be limited to something less than 50,000 to work around restrictions regarding the number of events that may be held at the stadium each year.

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