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Monday, 4 February, 2002, 13:42 GMT
Fulham's Loftus Road switch
Fulham will be sharing QPR's Loftus Road ground from next season
Fulham will share QPR's ground from next season
QPR and Fulham will share Loftus Road next season while Craven Cottage is being redeveloped, the two clubs have finally confirmed.

Jean Tigana's team will play at the 19,148-capacity stadium close to their own ground in west London throughout the 2002-03 campaign.


I am delighted that we have secured a temporary home within the borough
Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed

They will then return to Craven Cottage, which will have been transformed into an all-seater arena accommodating 30,000 fans.

Rugby union side Wasps must now finalise their plans to leave Loftus Road, which Fulham will pay a reported fee of about 1m to share for nine months.

Wasps, who are being paid a reported fee of 300,000 to move out of Loftus Road, have been in talks over a new home with Division Two side Wycombe Wanderers and rugby union rivals Harlequins.

Fulham chairman Mohamed Al Fayed said: "I am delighted that we have secured a temporary home within the borough."

Loftus Road plc chief executive David Davies said: "We are very pleased to announce this deal, which will bring much needed revenue into the company.

"It will make QPR a more attractive proposition to a potential buyer," he added.

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"It's believed Fulham will pay Rangers around 1m to share Loftus Road next season"
QPR chief executive David Davies
"We hope this decision will attract potential buyers"
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