Loftus Road “unsustainable” as a venue – QPR CEO
QPR CEO Lee Hoos believes the club need to move away from their Loftus Road home.
In a statement on the club website, Hoos said: ‘We love our home at Loftus Road, but it is unsuitable for a professional football club in the long term due to its size, age and lack of non-matchday use. ‘It is very obvious to thousands of fans who pile into Loftus Road every fortnight.’ QPR have been at Loftus Road since 1917, apart from a brief break when they moved to White City Stadium for two seasons between 1931 and 1933 and for the 1962-63 season. Hoos added the club ideally wants to remain in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulhamand has suggested the council-owned Linford Christie Stadium be used instead, citing it to be ‘our last chance’ of staying in the area. With the council due to shortly undertake a public consultation on the future of the Linford Christie Stadium, currently used by ThamesValley Harriers athletics club and leading hockey side PHC Chiswick, Hoos has issued a stark warning. ‘Ultimately, the council owns the site and if they do not want QPR to be involved in its redevelopment then that is their choice,’ added Hoos. ‘But we have to be honest with people about the likely consequence of that, which is that QPR’s medium- to long-term future will be out of Hammersmith & Fulham.’ Loftus Road, that has a capacity of 18,439, was previously home to London Wasps from 1996 to 2002 and Fulham while Craven Cottage was being redeveloped.