“Come on you Spurs/Blues” could soon be the chant at Wembley Stadium in years to come.
According to the Chief Executive of the English FA, Martin Glenn, who spoke at the Soccerex conference in Manchester on Wednesday, the possibility of Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur sharing Wembley is likely.
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Both Chelsea and Spurs are said to have lodged bids with the FA to use Wembley as a temporary home while their respective Stamford Bridge and White Hart Lane stadiums are redeveloped.
Here’s what Glenn had to say when asked if both Chelsea and Tottenham could use the stadium at the same time, as past reports suggested that both clubs had offered the FA contrasting offers to use English soccer’s national stadium exclusively.
“I won’t comment on clubs but if that’s an opportunity then we will follow it,” Glenn said. “We are there to provide help. We can run the FA for less costs and we can raise more there’s a range of things. It’s primarily a football stadium, football matches are more profitable to run than concerts and other things. We are the national stadium and seeking to use it more is what we are all about. We have an obligation to football.
“It’s in our interest as an association for clubs to redevelop their grounds, make superb facilities and if it’s possible to help them in that transition by using Wembley, we are absolutely supportive of that.”
Spurs will need a new stadium for the 2017-18 season, as WHL will be knocked down and redeveloped to house over 60,000 fans using land opposite the current stadium. Spurs have also signed a 10-year deal with the National Football League (NFL) to host at least two NFL games per season when their new stadium is completed. As for the Bridge, plans have been posted with Hammersmith and Fulham council to increase the stadium to around 60,000 and if those are approved, the reigning PL champions will also need a new home for two seasons, which includes the 2017-18 campaign.
What do you guys think about both Chelsea and Spurs sharing the 90,000 capacity Wembley for a season?
One factor which may dissuade you from being positive about this is the potential for the stadium to only house 50,000 fans, so almost half of the stadium will be empty, due to current laws restricting the amount of events per year which see 90,000 or more fans descend on the iconic venue. Surely those will be changed, right?