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Chelsea could play at Twickers

Chelsea have held preliminary conversations with the Rugby Football Union about playing for a season at Twickenham while Stamford Bridge is redeveloped.   If nothing else, it would be convenient for Chelsea players who favour living in Cobham.

Chelsea have long wanted to increase capacity at Stamford Bridge from 41,800 to 60,000 to rival the gate revenues of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as providing more corporate facilities.   This would make it easier for them to comply with financial fair play regulations.

Stadium as cash cows

In its latest issue The Economist takes a look at the economics of stadiums in the UK and the US.  It points out that in the States clubs extract money from local officials, whereas the opposite is the case in the UK.

In the National Football League the number of teams is strictly restricted so clubs can threaten to leave if cities won't build or refurbish their stadia.   That is a blow to a city's prestige and profile and doesn't go down well with voters who support the team.

Rugby club seeks control of Sky Blues home

Rugby club Wasps are in talks to secure a controlling stake in the Ricoh Arena, a move that would have serious implications for Coventry City.   Wasps aim to make the Ricoh their permanent home.

Everton announce stadium move

Everton have announced plans to build a new stadium at Walton Hall Park, not far from Goodison.   Of all the stadiums in the Premier League, Goodison Park is one of those most in need of redevelopment or replacement.

However, dog walkers who use the park are not happy.  There would also be need for development around the stadium to support it.   A capacity of 50,000 is planned.

The business of selling Spurs

There is no doubt that ENIC International, the investment company owned by billionaire Joe Lewis, would sell Tottenham Hotspur if the price was right.   The original plan when he took control in 2001 was to sell within three years. Whether he can get the near £1 billion he wants is another matter.

American investors size up Spurs

An American investment group is in the 'preliminary stages' of considering a bid for Tottenham Hotspur. The club's potential is tied up with the redevelopment of White Hart Lane and it is thought that a bid is unlikely until progress is made on the stadium plans.   

It is also questionable whether Cain Hoy would meet the near £1bn valuation of Spurs by owner Joe Lewis, a currency trader who has been Tottenham's majority shareholder since 2001.

Spurs deny takeover reports

Tottenham Hotspur have denied newspaper reports that the club would be put up for sale for £1bn.  This followed the news that the club would have to relocate away from White Hart Lane for one season while the stadium was rebuilt.

QPR face stadium road block

Queens Park Rangers have ambitious plans to leave behind the rather cramped (if somewhat intimidating for the opposition) conditions of Loftus Road with its 18,000 capacity for a 40,000-seater stadium on a site at Old Oak Common. Their master plan is being drawn up by Farrells and Antony Spencer, who was instrumental in identifying land for Arsenal's new stadium at the Emirates.

Coventry coming home - but the fight isn't over

Sky Blues can celebrate the return of their team to Coventry with a match against Gillingham at the Ricoh Arena.   Top football journalist David Conn reviews the sorry history of this saga.    He also suggests that the fight isn't over as owners Sisu still want to build their own ground in the city.

Have Watford lost their identity?

This interesting blog post rebuts suggestions made by a journalist that Watford have lost their identity under the ownership of the Pozzo family, given the recent resignation of the manager.  It makes the contrast between the current owners and their flawed predecessors and points out that the Pozzo family have built the long awaited East Stand.