As the chairman of Chelsea Supporters Trust, Tim Rolls's name should be familiar to most Chelsea supporters. You may also remember him as the author of the excellent article we ran last season about the rising cost of football at Stamford Bridge. Here he is stopping by ChelseaFansChannel and talking a bit about the new stadium and potential issues surrounding it from a fans' perspective.
Ticket prices are just one of the concerns being raised as we look to occupy Wembley — probably, with Twickenham and the Olympic Stadium (i.e. Stratford) far less likely candidates — for at least three seasons starting in 2017 while the New
Stamford Bridge Corporate Name Arena gets built at the site of the old one. Will be able to regularly fill 50k seats? Will the club lower prices to drive up demand? Will they not do so because of potential revenue losses? Transportation, atmosphere, and the dreaded ground-share with Spurs* for at least one season are some of the other topics that come up. There's also a mention of the planning process for the new stadium, with our application not expected to be approved until May at the earliest and the club not looking likely to announce temporary stadium plans until that step is completed.
In any case, the whole video interview is certainly worth your time and I recommend you spend the 15 minutes to watch and listen.
* Story from the other day claims Spurs are willing to compromise and use Wembley only for league games, with any Cup or European matches being held at Stadium MK instead.