Boehly-Clearlake may achieve a major breakthrough in their efforts to renovate Stamford Bridge, a project that was long discussed under Roman Abramovich’s reign.
Todd Boehly and the other Chelsea co-owners are putting forth effort to enhance the club’s stadium amenities, and the new ownership group still has a number of alternatives available to them.
Roman Abramovich had high aspirations for Stamford Bridge’s renovation during his final ten years as owner, but no significant steps were taken because of the ground’s constrained size, which was surrounded by buildings and railroad tracks.
Although a £1 billion stadium renovation had been granted planning approval, models had been made, and architects had been hired, nothing was ever finalized, and the process was put on hold when Abramovich’s visa was not renewed in 2018.
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Boehly-Clearlake made their pledges clear when they announced that they had reached an agreement to purchase Chelsea from Abramovich, saying: “The prospective new owners will invest an additional £1.75 billion in the club. This includes financial support for the Chelsea Foundation as well as investments in Stamford Bridge, the academy, the women’s team, Kingsmeadow, and the women’s team.”
Stamford Bridge is possibly the largest undertaking of them all, but Chelsea’s investments in the academy, women’s squad, and own transfer activity have all so far proven successful. However, there is a chance to advance on this front because the club can now purchase roughly two acres of land.
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Housing Association Stoll, located behind the west stand and the stadium’s main entrance, has put their land up for sale; it may only cost £50 million, which is a small sum to pay if it expedites the refurbishment. Due to residences nearby limiting the light, Chelsea was previously prohibited from rising upward, and presently, expanding outward is nearly impossible.
According to a story in the Daily Mail, Chelsea may decide to purchase up to 1.2 acres of the property, or 60% of it, after consulting with the inhabitants of the 157 flats for veterans. “At least 50 new units” would be built on the new property.
The timing of this is coincidental because co-owner and new director Jonathan Goldstein discussed Stamford Bridge on American TV earlier in the week and said, “It’s one of the great questions that everyone is asking.”
People should be aware that the location does not yet have a planning approval, he continued. “There was a planning permit, but it has expired, so we must start over. The process is only getting started, and there are definitely two options. Either you renovate the current stadium or you demolish it and erect a new one there.
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“At Stamford Bridge, we work closely together. The Chelsea Pitch Owners are involved in that process, and we’re going through our own instructional process. After that, we’ll communicate with the public and the appropriate authorities. I’m hoping you’ll be able to welcome me back in the next 12 to 18 months so I can explain how we plan to move it forward.
Understanding the area and what we have at Stamford Bridge are our main priorities, along with maximizing the possibility and fan excitement.
Boehly, Behdad Eghbali, and Jose E. Feliciano of Clearlake Capital, the majority investors, have been working alongside Goldstein, who is also a real estate developer and the CEO of investment firm Cain International. He said the following when discussing the new government and running a football club: “It’s entertaining and really enjoyable. It has a lot of notoriety. A different component of our lives that we haven’t had is that you can’t open a newspaper without seeing Todd or Behdad, but in the end, it’s all about people.
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“At all organizational levels, from the football side to the non-football side, if you enjoy engaging with people and interacting with the truly fantastic quality individuals that we’ve found at Chelsea, it becomes just like any other business.