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Chelsea Unveils Stamford Bridge 'Cathedral Of Football' Redevelopment Plans

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 01 / 15

Chelsea revealed "ambitious plans" to rebuild Stamford Bridge in a move that will "test the level of support from local residents and businesses," according to Gardner & Jacob of the LONDON TIMES. The "radical" redevelopment proposals "claim to pay tribute to the club’s history and to take...

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Romanian Club Unveils $19M Upgrade

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Sydney Scraps Centre Of Excellence Plans

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FIFA Confident Zenit Arena Will Be Ready

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