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QPR and The FA In Talks About Possible Wembley Move

776623949 6ccf15e771 QPR and The FA In Talks About Possible Wembley Move

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A few weeks ago it was reported that Bernie Ecclestone was selling his shares of QPR. Lakshmi Mittal was quoted through Amit Bhatia, the QPR Vice Chairman and his son in law that he was committed to the club and would not be selling his shares. Now we’ve heard that Ecclestone was concerned about the Premier League potentially deeming the current configuration of Loftus Road as below a necessary standard to maintain a Premier League club, should the Rs be promoted after this season. QPR currently sit atop the Championship, and look a sure bet for promotion.

Additionally, the Italian was concerned about the lack of the revenue the club generates. QPR, despite a cosmopolitan squad and international ownership, has not grown in stature or scope since the club was bought in 2007. The smallish Loftus Road ground makes it impossible to rely on match-day revenues to survive.

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has ruled out any new ground for QPR and Mittal’s group has been forced to seek other options for the team. Mittal and his group, is committed to West London and will not consider moving the team out of the area. A ground share with Fulham or Chelsea was also deemed unacceptable to the club.

After investing millions in QPR, the Indian owners have been forced to negotiate with The FA about the availability of Wembley Stadium should QPR be promoted after this season. Given the recent controversy involving four teams from Northwest playing in Wembley FA Cup semifinal weekend and the continued anger in the North that the England National Team never plays a home match outside London anymore, the potential QPR-FA deal could generate much needed revenue for the Rs without forcing them to leave West London, while giving the FA enough football dates to move the FA Cup and select England friendlies around the country. Our source also indicates that Wembley will no longer be available for NFL games or concerts, except in the summer if QPR and the FA are able to complete the deal. QPR along with the England National Team would be the primary tenants of the facility.

Loftus Road sits on valuable real estate but word is that QPR plans to maintain the ground for League Cup and early FA Cup matches. Should QPR return to the Championship, the deal with the FA becomes null and void and they will return to Loftus Road.

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12 Responses to QPR and The FA In Talks About Possible Wembley Move

  1. Matt Wood says:

    Never heard such BS in my life. Who wrote this? Who is the “source”? Since when has Bernie Ecclestone been Italian?

  2. JB says:

    Matt…. it’s April 1st today ;o)

  3. HoopsAlly says:

    Bit late for an April Fool, isn’t it? Otherwise it looks like poor journalism, and I’m being kind, and the author couldn’t be bothered to add their name to it either..

  4. JB says:

    If it was a serious consideration, I’d be very surprised the local council would allow it. There are enough distruptions to traffic, public transportaion, residents etc as it is with Internationals, end of season play-offs and cup finals, concerts at both the stadium and Arena. Another 20+ (inc Cup) games a season will severely add to this and damage an already known problematic pitch.
    Even if gates were to average 30k (plus a few biiger one’s for the London derbies and man U), that would still only be a 1/3 full stadium and a bit souless.

    So, either shabby journalismn or a bit of April Fools Day fun. I can’t see it ever happening.

  5. mikecoulson says:

    and to give it a word
    Is important to some
    So I will give it a waord
    and the word

  6. Irish R says:

    If QPR decided not to increase Loftus Road or to one day build a new larger stadium very close to Loftus Road and still in the ‘BUSH’ then the other alternative of moving to Wembley makes sense. We’ve always played in North West or West London, having had grounds in Queens Park, Kensal Rise, Kilburn, Willesden, Park Royal, White City, Shepherds Bush, and have links to the boroughs of Westminster, Brent, Ealing, Kensington, Hammersmith, & Wembley is in Brent & we came out of Brent originally & played in Brent, and we are the closest team to Wembley & we are Brent’s local & nearest team. It’s in R’ territory. We’d have to change the seats to blue & white hoops though for certain!

  7. SuperHoopMan says:

    We wont fill the stadium out though, it will make our support look bad, and we will be a easy victim for ” Your ground too big for you”.

  8. DodgyHoop says:

    Defo an April Fool cos LR has already been brought up to Premiership standards. lol

  9. QPREdward says:

    QPR need Wembley for the last game of this season!

  10. Paul mcbride says:

    Yep April fool. Who wrote this? Anon. Not anon, John Terry laughing his head off! We don’t have luck like that.

  11. jeff mccullagh says:

    QPR are currently in talks to increase Loftus Rd . All other avenues have been exhausted because of either the way the stands have been built or by residential houses situated too near to the back of the stands. But i have it on very good authority that they are currently looking to replicate the Ellerslie Rd stand and actually put another tier on top of it adding another 4/5000 seats , and are looking to gain planning permission for this to go ahead.

  12. Colin says:

    Do I get 10 points for recogning mikecoulson’s Moody Blues reference?

    Why do people get taken in by this?

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