QPR in Talks Over Old Oak Common Stadium Move
August 21, 2013
Championship football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) have held talks with the Greater London Authority (GLA) over building a new stadium at Old Oak Common.
Old Oak Common is the subject of a planned redevelopment with the GLA issuing a statement in June asking for ideas for a ’30-year vision for Old Oak.’
Old Oak could see new transportation links, order homes, shops and leisure centres by 2026 if the plans go ahead.
Now, QPR have confirmed that discussions have already taken place about the possibility of moving to the area, which is very close to the side’s current home at Loftus Road.
A statement read: “We are looking at a number of potential options for a new stadium and believe that Old Oak could provide one possible solution.
“We have met with representatives of the GLA and the supporting local authorities to discuss whether a football stadium could be incorporated into any plan that comes forward for this site.”
Plans for a new stadium had been high on the agenda for club owner Tony Fernandes and last month CEO Philip Beard said they had been ‘making progress’ with stadium plans.
When QPR were in the Premier League in the 2012-13 season, Loftus Road was the smallest ground with a capacity of 18,439.
Loftus Road is amongst the smaller grounds in the Championship and the club are eager to increase their size to boost revenue streams.