Chelsea are set to upset supporters after the latest plans for their redeveloped Stamford Bridge ground revealed that there would be 61,000 executive seats – a grand total of 100 per cent of the new ground’s prospective capacity.
Whilst the complete demolition of the Chelsea Village – the collection of shops, hotels and apartments on the site of the old Shed End that was the brainchild of former chairman Ken Bates – will come as little surprise to Pensioners fans, the realisation that no one bar high-flying executives will be allowed inside the stadium is sure to be met with shock and condemnation.
Peter Chadwick, speaking for supporter group Chelsea Supporters Trust, said: ‘We all knew when Roman Abramovich took over the club in 2003 that, at some point, Chelsea would have to pay a price for whatever success lay ahead. I guess now it’s time for us to cough up.
‘I myself won’t be affected, as I’ve been a member of the Executive Club for a while now. Anyway, to be honest, it’s so quiet here most matchdays that I’d always sort of presumed everyone here was a tourist anyway. And it’s always cost a fucking fortune to come and watch us’.
Amongst the features of the new Stamford Bridge are uninterrupted views of televisions showing business news channel Bloomberg TV, a special ‘Headhunters’ section – where fans pay £3,000 to be verbally and physically assaulted by skinheads wearing 1970’s fashion in a nod to Chelsea’s glorious past – and luxury padded leather seats with not one but two cup holders in the arm rest.
Chelsea are to vacate their home since 1905 in May 2017, with the new stadium expected to take three years to build.