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QPR ponder stadium move

QPR ponder stadium move
Queens Park Rangers have identified Oak Common as the potential site of a new 40,000-seater stadium.

The Championship club, which was relegated from the Premier League in the 2012/13 campaign, are planning to redevelop the area so that they can leave their current stadium. Loftus Road has been QPR's home for nearly a century but only has the capacity to house 18,439 supporters which made it the smallest ground in the Premier League last season and is currently one of the smallest in the Championship.

A spokesman for the club explained that they have been in talks with the Hammersmith and Fulham Council and the Greater London Authority about the regeneration scheme. It is aimed at providing a boost to not only the club but the surrounding area. Both Chelsea and Fulham have also been approached to revamp the site but the former already has a ground that holds over 40,000 fans while the latter is planning on expanding Craven Cottage to 30,000.

The 30-year scheme will be built around the proposed HS2 rail hub station south of Wormwood Scrubs which is due to be completed in 2026. Officials explained that the "vision" for the site will include a new sports stadium as well as 19,000 new homes, new schools, shops and leisure facilities. It is also set to provide a major boost to employment with around 90,000 jobs expected to be created.

Nicholas Botterill, council leader, said: “We support all of our football clubs where we can and are currently consulting residents on whether a sports stadium could be acceptable as part of the plans to create thousands of new jobs and homes around the new HS2 hub station in Old Oak Common.”

On the pitch QPR are performing strongly currently lying in second place but level on points with league leaders Blackpool. The Rs are on a three-game winning streak after their 1-0 victory away at Leeds on Saturday (August 31st).

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Date: 02/09/2013 13:08:00

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