A new stadium for Queens Park Rangers would have a positive impact on the local community, according to the English Championship second-tier football club’s charity trust.
Andy Evans, chief executive of QPR in the Community Trust, said the stadium would not only be beneficial for the football club, which he said has outgrown its current home, but also enable his organisation to expand its own work in the community.
The club has outlined plans to build a new stadium, but is currently locked in a dispute with second-hand vehicle dealership Cargiant, as the location for the proposed venue is on land owned by the firm. Cargiant is holding out on its own plans to transform land into 6,500 new homes.
Evans is hoping that the community benefits of the new stadium will persuade Cargiant to back down and allow the club to push ahead with work.
“Like all QPR fans, I’m incredibly proud of the work of the trust; but there is so much more we could do with proper facilities in a new stadium,” Evans said, according to GetWestLondon.com.
“We are exploring whether, for example, we could provide office space for some of our charity partners so we can work together more closely and deliver programmes on site. We want to make sure the new stadium benefits the whole community that we serve.”