Queens Park Rangers have an extensive history at Loftus Road, but the club is officially moving on.
According to QPR's official Twitter feed, plans were announced on Thursday, Dec. 12, for a new stadium in Old Oak, which will seat more than double Loftus Road's current capacity (18,000):
Here's a first makeup of what the stadium is expected to look like from the outside:
The hope, according to QPR's official website, is that the new stadium, which has the provisional title of "New Queens Park," will be at the heart of a major regeneration project set to transform the current area of Old Oak.
Development is estimated to begin sometime around 2015.
The Twitter account sportingintelligence offered this interesting detail:
Re QPR's proposed 40,000-seat stadium: Only in 5 seasons in past 50 years has their average gate been above 20k, even when capacity 30,000+.— sportingintelligence (@sportingintel) December 12, 2013
Currently, Loftus Road is the smallest stadium in terms of seating in the Premier League, and chairman Tony Fernandes, via the QPR website, saw the redevelopment in Old Oak as a perfect opportunity to build a new home for The Hoops:
Loftus Road is – and always will be – a special place for the club and our supporters, but we need more than an 18,000 capacity.
With no option of expanding here, we have to look elsewhere and we welcome the Mayor’s and Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s commitment to regenerate the area, which includes an option to develop a new stadium at Old Oak as a key catalyst to bring forward redevelopment, cementing our future in this part of West London.
While there will be concerns about a larger stadium taking away from the special atmosphere of Loftus Road, QPR CEO Philip Beard put to ease some of those worries, saying that replication of the atmosphere will "be a priority":
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QPR, of course, were relegated from the Premier League after finishing at the bottom of the table last season, but they currently sit in second place in the English League Championship and have hopes of becoming a permanent fixture in England's top division.
This project, which will bring in more money and thus attract more talent if successful, is good way to make that happen.