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Chelsea's new chief executive, Ron Gourlay, has revealed the club would consider selling the naming rights for Stamford Bridge. During an interview with Chelsea TV, his first since succeeding Peter Kenyon, Gourlay made it clear that such a deal would be possible on the proviso the name Stamford Bridge was retained in any agreement with a suitable blue-chip company."Retaining the heritage of the stadium is paramount to considering such a move but we think that is achievable and on that basis we would enter into discussions over naming rights with the right partner for Chelsea," he said. "We understand that this is a sensitive issue for our fans and that is why we would keep the name Stamford Bridge in any deal."What we are not prepared to happen, and I am sure our fans will appreciate this, is allow our rival clubs in England and Europe to gain a competitive advantage over us in terms of the revenue they can generate through either expanding the capacity of their existing stadia or moving to a new stadium and then invest that upside in their team or the club."Those possibilities are not open to Chelsea for the foreseeable future because of the restrictions in expanding our stadium and the issues around finding a new site, so that means we have to be creative and look at our sponsorship architecture and see if we can create new value and new opportunities that keeps us competitive."Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League and are through to the last 16 of the Champions League but, even though they retain the backing of the owner, Roman Abramovich, the club are keen to ensure their financial future. The capacity at Stamford Bridge is considerably smaller than those of Old Trafford and the Emirates, to name two rivals with bigger stadiums, and Gourlay does not want the club to suffer because of that."Our stadium does very well at the moment in competing with the bigger, and in some cases newer, stadia of our rivals. But they have more possibilities in the long run than we do. We cannot sell any more tickets to Chelsea fans as we sell out virtually every match within our limited capacity," he said."The match-day experience at Stamford Bridge and the relationship with our fans has improved greatly through initiatives such as our flexible ticketing policy for all cup matches, the freezing of non-hospitality ticket prices for the last four seasons for Premier League matches and subsidised or free travel to a significant number of away games."But we need to keep evolving and move the business forward to support the football side and the club generally. This is a potentially realistic way of doing that."http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2009/no...stamford-bridge
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yet people slew the glazierswe got the best out of a bad bunch

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yet people slew the glazierswe got the best out of a bad bunch
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Standard...Every club needs to do anything they can to make money to get them players!

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sh*t CLUB NO HISTORYYYYYYYYsh*t CLUB NO HISTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYsh*t CLUB NO HISTORYYYYYYYYYYYThis c*nt worked at Wankchester Ushited as welllmao. Tryna fail Chelsea instantly after taking over from that bafoon Kenyon

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american sports teams have been doin this for time, remember one was called gaylord arena.. something like that..

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MON: Traditional ViewBy Paul BrownMartin O'Neill has revealed he would be totally against giving up the naming rights of Villa Park as he struck a blow for traditionalists.The Villa manager, who insists club owner Randy Lerner feels the same way, came out against rebranding the club's home as the debate continued about whether the revenue- generating idea was a step too far.It follows Chelsea's decision to seek sponsorship for Stamford Bridge.O'Neill said: "I'd be very much against it. As far as renaming existing grounds, I don't really understand it."If you have a new stadium, like when Arsenal moved from Highbury to the Emirates, because it had never been named before, fine."Let's say that sponsorship runs out in a few years, even though it has a short history, it would be strange to see it with another name."Now, if you talk about Villa Park, or Roker Park, where my own boyhood heroes played, then I don't think people would have been too enamoured if they had just renamed it The Stadium of Light. Yet, as it stands, The Stadium of Light is pretty good because they have moved to a new stadium."I cannot see Villa Park being called something else."Is it Darlington who have had eight names in 10 years? It must be very confusing, particularly if you are taking your youngster to a game, they'd be thinking they were going to a different place all the time."My view is, for the old stadiums, it would be difficult for me, at my age, to think about a ground as something else. I can't imagine calling Molineux or St Andrew's anything but those names."I think the owner would be of the same opinion. I don't even have to speak to him to know that."
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