Former Blue: Chelsea Could Struggle To Attract 60,000 Fans

By on October 5, 2011

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle is backing Chelsea’s proposed plans to move to a new 60,000-seat stadium, but warns they will need to continue to be successful if they want to fill it.

Chelsea have opened discussions about a possible move away from Stamford Bridge and their former boss believes this can only be a step in the right direction.

“If Chelsea were to move 100 yards then some fans will not be happy, they don’t want to move and that’s it,” Hoddle told talkSPORT.

“Chelsea have to move with the times though. It’s quite ambitious. I know Abramovich has put loads of money into Chelsea but he’s still looking to make the club bigger and better.

“If Chelsea do move to a 60-70,000 capacity stadium it will bode well for the future of the club.”

Some have questioned if Chelsea could attract enough fans to fill the proposed capacity and Hoddle believes that on-field success is vital if the Blues are to fill the proposed new stadium.

“Chelsea would get 60,000 if they were doing well,” he added. “For certain cup games they would struggle, but for big Champions League nights and Premier League game they would just about get the 60,000 they are looking to achieve. They have to be doing well to get it though.”

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4 Comments

  1. Gate13Dave

    October 5, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    They will get the fans if the pricing is right. There is plenty of traditional support, witness full houses in cup games versus lower league opposition against failure to sell out overprice CL group stages. They would sell out 70,000+ if it was £25 & £15 for kids but make it £50+ & there would be problems

  2. zaidy

    October 6, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Bigger stadium = cheaper tickets… Bt I would still prefer stamford Bridge.!

  3. oewn

    October 6, 2011 at 6:31 am

    the fairplay has come in,moving would real help the club compete,those who are against moving should register with the club so as to be paying duoble the ticket price
    to cater for the less sits we have.(we will need to compete with other big clubs who have bigger grounds)if we you can only do this then there will be no reason to move

  4. victor

    October 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

    it doesnt matter where we play In my own opinion. What matters is the motive why we ought to move(to increase the pitch capacity to make us a bigger and better club for now and for the future).remember my dear Cpo, nomatter d ground,blue is the colour,football is the game,we are all together and wining is our aim and chelsea is and wil always be the name! And you and i wil always and forever remain the noble fans! All to more success.

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