Q: Why do QPR need a new stadium?
The club is not sustainable in the long term whilst we remain at Loftus Road. Our current stadium– at 18,000 capacity – is the fourth smallest in the Championship and the ninth smallest in London, behind Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Charlton and Millwall . It is also not designed to be used on a non matchday so it sits virtually empty for 340 days of the year Loftus Road cannot be expanded because there isn’t enough space, so we need to look elsewhere.
Q: Why Old Oak?
QPR have been in the area for over 100 years and even though we have moved several times during that period, we have always been in this part of West London. We want to remain here and close to our fans, and Old Oak is the only land nearby big enough to build a new stadium. Old Oak is the next natural move for the club, bringing us closer to our original home in Queen’s Park.
Q: How big will the stadium be?
The stadium will have 30,000-40,000seats.
Q: Will the stadium host just football?
No, the stadium will be multi-functional, hosting not just football, but corporate and community events. It is important to us that the new stadium has the sporting, educational and community facilities to allow our Community Trust to expand the excellent work it does in and around our home in West London too.
Q: Why move now?
The Club needs to move to a new stadium as soon as possible to secure its long term future. The opportunity for the stadium to provide a catalyst for the wider regeneration of Old Oak provides a compelling logic.
Q: How will the community benefit?
Our plans will bring new homes, jobs, community facilities, improved transport connections and a better environment for everyone to enjoy. Our Community Trust runs programmes in education, health, participation and inclusion, all of which could be expanded with better facilities in a new stadium. Above all, we can use our 100 year history in the area to help blend the new development at Old Oak with the existing communities – in Shepherds Bush, White City, Acton, Harlesden and others – around it.
Q: What will happen to the existing stadium at Loftus Road?
Once the new stadium is built and open, we will look to redevelop Loftus Road for other uses, most likely residential development, which will help alleviate London’s housing crisis. Any plans would be worked up in consultation with the local community.