QPR chief executive Lee Hoos has issued a warning about the sustainability of the club if it stays at its current Shepherds Bush ground, and renewed their interest in moving to the Linford Christie Stadium in Wormwood Scrubs.
The club has published a document outlining the constraints of Loftus Road, which include any redevelopment being likely to reduce capacity rather than increase it due to the poisition of the ground.
Loftus Road is the third-smallest stadium in the Championship. Only Brentford, who are moving to a new ground next year, and Rotherham accommodate fewer fans. The stadium also has limited non-matchday revenue potential, which has a big impact on the club’s non-football trading.
The club have been linked to several sites in the White City area, and to one next to Old Oak Common’s proposed HS2/Crossrail interchange, but none has proved possible to realise.
Council plans for a redevelopment of the Linford Christie stadium were revealed recently, with a council spokesperson indicating that a new stadium for QPR could be part of the plan.
The club regard the stadium (pictured) as the last opportunity for the club to stay in W12. Lee Hoos said: “Fan groups have asked us to set out in more detail the reasons we are looking for a new stadium, which is why we have published this document today. We have to face up to the fact that this club is not financially sustainable in the long term whilst we remain at Loftus Road and we are running out of possible sites near our current home where we could move to.”
“The idea of a QPR community stadium — with a new athletics track and community sport facility next door — on the Linford Christie Stadium site represents the only chance of staying in W12. If we get the go-ahead to pursue this option we will consult with fans about how any new stadium would work and, crucially, how we retain the best characteristics of Loftus Road.
“We will do everything we can to highlight to the council that QPR is an important part of this local community.”