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Proposed QPR Stadium in White City

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Article in the Times today suggesting that QPR are planning a replacement for Loftus Road somewhere around the White City area:
-36000 seats, almost double that of Loftus Road
-Retractable roof for use as a concert venue
-£180 million pre-evaluative cost
-Part of a bid to make QPR " A global brand"
Also confirmed on twitter by chairman Tony Fernandes yesterday with plans to fully publicize the proposal on Monday, according to the twitter statements it would appear the club has already drawn up plans/ renders.

Here is another link an uninformative article backing up the suggestion that this is in development http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/fernandes-reveals-qpr-stadium-progress-155231342.html
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Don't underestimate the '2nd tier' London clubs, they have a lot more potential than many think. London is almost 16x bigger than the cities of those 3 clubs you mention - a small slice of a huge pie is still a lot.

QPR might be located in the same borough as 2 other clubs, but the fanbases are spread out. QPR's core support is strung along the A40 and M40 - Greenford to High Wycombe - and traditionally some inner NW areas like Kilburn were hubs. Fulham's support is mostly in SW London tbh and Chelsea's are sprinkled around.
They'd probably just build a smaller version that could be expanded quite easily like Brighton have done.

I'd be concerned about putting in a retractable roof tbh, dismantling and replacing it would be expensive making future expansion costly, unless cheaper versions and methods now exist. Too many clubs only look at the next 10 years, not the next 25. The Unigate site (one of the 3 apparently) is also quite small and boxed in by 2 rail lines east and west and the Westway to the north. Should go to the BBC site or Old Oak Common.
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