The hotel attached to Stamford Bridge, part of the Ken Bates stadium expansion dream that nearly bankrupted the club, though technically managed by Millenium Hotels and Resorts, has been opened up for free use by National Health Service (NHS) staff during the Coronavirus outbreak.
As the Chelsea website announced yesterday, the initiative came from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who will personally cover the costs of the healthcare workers staying there as they combat the virus in London for at least the next two months. If needed, the entire hotel could be given over to this purpose — it’s not like there’s much tourism, especially football-tourism to worry about these days! — and Abramovich would cover it all.
It goes without saying that this is a wonderful gesture from the owner in these troubled times, and yet again flies in the face of reports that he’s stopped caring about Chelsea Football Club or the local community. On the contrary!
Thank you, Roman, for making us proud.
Chelsea Football Club is joining the medical response to the coronavirus outbreak in London with the news the National Health Service (NHS) has accepted the Club’s offer to make the Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge available for NHS staff... https://t.co/eENBcxRXXX— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) March 18, 2020