West Ham United news: London Stadium considered as temporary home by Chelsea in new stadium plans
Chelsea are considering turning to West Ham United and the London Stadium as a temporary home while they plan to build a new ground, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blues are looking to build a new £2billion stadium at Stamford Bridge and have considered Craven Cottage, Twickenham and Wembley alongside the Hammers’ home as options.
There are still several hurdles to overcome before Chelsea’s plans receive approval, but the London Stadium – which is just 11 miles away from Stamford Bridge – is being considered if they do go ahead and build the new ground.
“West Ham’s ground is another potential option being considered by Chelsea,” the Daily Mail wrote.
“A recently-built stadium with a large capacity, London Stadium has also been used for other sports such as rugby and baseball.
“Remaining in London would be a major positive for Chelsea and this would enable them to continue playing home games at a Premier League ground. However, the prospect of a ground share may not be especially appealing for West Ham and Chelsea supporters given the rivalry between the two clubs.”
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Too close for comfort
Although Chelsea would likely pay West Ham United an arm and a leg to play at their stadium while their new ground is in construction, it won’t quite sit right with many fans.
Both clubs have become fierce rivals over the last few years in the Premier League, and seeing such a team strut their stuff on home turf would be a strange experience for the Hammers faithful.
The reasons why the Blues are keen on the London Stadium will be aplenty, however.
Considering its local proximity for matchday fans, the large capacity and how the Hammers have already used the pitch for other sports, it ticks all the boxes for Chelsea.
From a West Ham perspective, though, allowing the Blues to move on and play at either Twickenham or Wembley would make far more sense.
A move such as this would mean no divided loyalties and far fewer confrontations for each club to deal with.