Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 41,623 (all seated)
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Telephone: 0207 958 2190
Fax: 020 7381 4831
Ticket Office: 0871 984 1905
Stadium Tours: 0871 984 1955
Pitch Size: 113 x 74 Yards
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Yokohama Tyres
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Royal Blue With White Trim
Away Kit: White and Blue

External View
External View
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Matthew Harding Stand
Matthew Harding Stand
Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge
The Shed End
The Shed End

The ground is quite impressive looking, having had three new stands built since the mid-1990's. The developers have taken advantage of the fact that the 'old' Stamford Bridge was oval shaped and have stretched the new stands right around the ground 'filling in' the corners, so that the stadium is totally enclosed. The latest addition to the stadium is the attractive looking West Stand, which was opened in 2001. Located on one side of the pitch, it is a superb three tiered affair having a row of executive boxes running across its middle, the type of which you are able to sit outside. Its roof is virtually transparent, allowing more light to reach the pitch and gives it a unique look. Opposite is the older East Stand. Opened in 1973 this towering stand is also three tiered and has the team dugouts situated at its front.

Both ends are smaller being two-tiered. One of these is the Matthew Harding Stand, named in memory of the man who did so much to transform the club. Opposite is the Shed End which has a Police Control Box suspended below its roof. There are two large video screens located in opposite corners of the stadium. Outside the ground, behind the West Stand is a statue of former playing legend, Peter Osgood.

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The Club have announced that they are investigating whether the capacity of Stamford Bridge could be increased to 60,000 by largely redeveloping the existing stadium. Some concept designs have been released (incidentally by the same Swiss architects who designed the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing). However, additional land would be required around the existing stadium to complete the redevelopment and strong local opposition to such plans is expected..

Away fans are located on one side of the Shed End lower tier (towards the East Stand side), where the normal allocation for league games is 3,000 tickets. For cup games the whole of the Shed End can be allocated. The view from this area of the ground is pretty good and the refreshment areas are modern looking. There are televisions on the concourses, showing amongst other things at half time, highlights from the first half. There is a range of food and drink on offer, but like a number of London Premier League Clubs it is quite pricey; 'Shed Load' Burgers (£5.60), Chicken Strips and Lattice Fries (£6), Hot Dogs (£4.20), Corn on the Cob (£4.20), Chicken Curry Pie (£3.80), Minced Beef and Onion Pie (£3.80) and Lattice Fries (£3.90). Alcohol is also available in the form of Singha Beer (bottle £4.20).

On the whole I found Stamford Bridge a pleasurable day out. There was a good atmosphere within the ground and even though there wasn't a lot of space between the home and away fan sections, in didn't feel intimidating. The stewards were also pretty laid back. I was seated in the Shed End and I did find a little difficult to go up and down the steps of the stand, due to the stand itself being quite steep and the steps between rows quite small. The only ‘real hassle' I had was trying to get through the lines of stewards situated outside the stadium at the entrance to the away section. They seemed to assume that I was a Chelsea fan and kept ushering me towards the home end. Only after showing my ticket for the visiting section for a third time did I finally make it inside!

The pubs near the ground can be quite partisan, so I would recommend getting a drink somewhere on the journey there. A number of away fans drink in the pubs around the Earl's Court area, which is only a couple of tube stops away from Fulham Broadway station. The Courtfield Tavern, which is almost opposite the main entrance to Earl's Court Tube Station, is a particular favourite with away supporters. This pubs serves real ale, offers hot food, but both at what can be described as 'London prices'. Gordon a visiting Newcastle fan adds 'there are quite a few pubs on the Kings Road that are okay as long as you don't break into a chorus about your team!'. Alcohol is available inside the stadium, however for certain fixtures the Club opt not to sell any to away supporters, so don't bank on it!

Leave the M25 at Junction 15 and take the M4 towards London, which then becomes the A4 up to Hammersmith. Carry on over the Hammersmith flyover and after a further one and half miles, take the turning Earls Court. Continue past Earls Court station and down the one way system until you reach the junction with Fulham Road. At this junction, turn right at the traffic lights and after about half a mile, you will see the ground on your right. 

A number of local resident schemes are in operation around the stadium, so you may well end up having to park some way from the ground itself. Thanks to Andy Harris for providing the directions.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SW6 1HS

he nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway which is on the District Line. Take a tube to Earls Court and if necessary, change for a Wimbledon bound tube. The nearest over ground train station is West Brompton, which is served by trains from Clapham Junction (which is in turn served by trains from London Waterloo and Victoria stations). It is around a 15 minute walk to the ground from West Brompton station. As you come out of the station turn right and proceed along Old Brompton Road. You will soon see the Brompton Cemetery immediately on your right and further along set back from the road is its impressive looking entrance. Turn right through the entrance into the cemetery (there are normally a number of other supporters doing the same) and as you walk on through the cemetery you will soon see the tops of the stands of Stamford Bridge. If it is a night game then do not go into the cemetery, but take the next right after the cemetery into Finborough Road. After a half-mile, turn right onto the Fulham Road and the stadium is located down on the right. 

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Like a number of Clubs, Chelsea operate a Category (AA, A & B) pricing policy for home league games, whereby the more popular games cost more to watch. Category AA game prices are shown below, with Category A & B prices in brackets:

Home Fans*:

West Stand Upper Tier: £87 (A £75) (B £70 )
West Stand Middle Tier: Season Tickets Only
West Stand Lower Tier: Adults £69 (A £61) (B £56)
Shed End & Matthew Harding Stands Upper Tiers: Adults £64 (A £60) (B £55)
Shed End & Matthew Harding Stands Lower Tiers: Adults £61 (A £57) (B £52 )
East Stand Upper Tier: Adults: £69 (A £61) (B £56), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £27.50 (A & B £26)
East Stand Middle Tier: Season Tickets Only East Stand
Lower Tier (Family Area): Adults: £50 (A £46) (B £41), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £19.50 (A & B £18)

Away Fans:

Shed End Stand Upper Tier: Adults £59 (A £55) (B £50), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £25 (A & B £23.50)
Shed End Stand Lower Tier: Adults £56 (A £52) (B £47), Senior Citizens/Under 16's £25 (A & B £23.50)

* Members of the club can get a discount of up to £5 on these ticket prices. These prices are also for Premier League games, cup games may be priced differently (usually more cheaply) than those quoted above.

Category AA games are against: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United & Tottenham Hotspur.

Concessions are only made available in the East Stand and to away supporters. 

Official Programme £3
Chelsea Independent Fanzine £1.50
CFCUK Fanzine: £1. 

 

Fulham, Arsenal, Tottenham and from a little further afield Leeds & Manchester United.

Record Attendance:

82,905 v Arsenal Division 1, October 12th, 1935.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:

42,328 v Newcastle United Premier League, December 4th, 2002.

Average Attendance:

2014-2015: 41,546 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 41,482 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 41,462 (Premier League)

Chelsea FC fixture list (to take you to the BBC Sports Website)

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

 

Peter Osgood was a striker, who to this day is a legend at Stamford Bridge. He was part of the FA Cup winning side in 1970 and the Cup Winners Cup Final winning team a year later. He spent a total of 10 seasons at Chelsea, scoring 105 goals in 289 appearances. He was capped four times by England. He passed away in March 2006. The statue was unveiled in October 2010 and is located behind the West Stand.

Peter Osgood Statue

Thanks to Joris from the Doing the 116 website for providing the photo above.

The club offer tours of the ground, which are available daily between 10am and 4pm. The only exceptions are match days, the day before a Champions League fixture & bank holidays. The tour lasts for around 60 minutes and is coupled with a visit to the new Chelsea Museum. It costs*; Adults £19, Concessions £14, Under 16's £13 (Under 5's go free), Family Ticket 2 Adults + 2 Children £48. To book your tour call 0871 984 1955 or book online via the club website. If you wish you can just visit the museum. This costs; Adults £11, Concessions £10, Children £9 and this does not need to be pre-booked.

* The prices quoted are for tours booked online. Prices increase by up to £3 per ticket for those paying on arrival or via the telephone.

Concessions apply to: Senior Citizens, Students (with valid ID), Disabled (Carer goes free).

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Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and stadium photos.

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Stamford Bridge.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Chelsea v Hull City
Premier League
Sunday August 18th 2013, 4pm
By Marcos Brown-Garcia (Hull City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to going to the match as it was the first game of the new season and Hull City were back in the Premier league. I was really looking forward to seeing how our new signings would cope in the top division. Also it was the "Special ones" return as Chelsea Manager, so I was looking forward to seeing him on the touchlines. However, the last Chelsea game I attended was against Birmingham a few seasons back which I went to as I was in London. At that game the atmosphere was quite poor so I had mixed emotions of returning to the Bridge. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey is really easy to Stamford Bridge. I always park at Cockfosters tube station and get a tube into London. The ground is literally a stones throw from Fulham Broadway tube station. After exiting the station walk out and turn left and it is a five minute walk to the away end. By parking on the outskirts of London and using the tube you avoid so much trouble in terms of traffic/car parking etc. A day travelcard is cheap and it allows you to explore the capital either before or after the match. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

When a game is in London I always stay over the night before and get up early and go into Central London, to see the sights and grab a bite to eat. This way you have plenty of time and the day is much more relaxing. I am not a pub goer so didn't really take note of any pubs around Stamford Bridge. However outside Fulham Broadway station there is a shopping mall containing Nandos, Pizza Express, a supermarket and some coffee shops. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Upon seeing the ground it is impressive without any major wow factor. There was the Chelsea brass band playing and it was a very relaxed atmosphere. Me and my girlfriend decided to walk around the full stadium to the away end but other than the Peter Osgood statue there is nothing of particular note. Around the ground there are walls or high barriers so there are no views to admire. The stands seemed steep and fairly well maintained. We were sat in the Shed upper on the back row. Upon entering the ground I was worried about the view since I was so high up but after reaching our seats the view was very good. The steps are steep and very narrow so please take this into account. In the second half we moved to the front row of the Shed upper and the view here was also very good. The main benefit of sitting on the front row and a little further away from the Chelsea fans were you felt what atmosphere there was much more.

Looking Across At The West Stand

View From The Away Section

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself started very well as a spectacle, Chelsea moved the ball really well and Hull looked way out of their depth allowing Chelsea way to much time and space on the ball. Chelsea missed a penalty and scored 2 inside of 25 mins and it could have been more. I was fearing a real thrashing but after going two up, Chelsea relaxed and saw the game out. Hull City came into the game much more without really threatening. After the first 25 minutes the game became a bit of an anti climax. The atmosphere wasn't that great from the Chelsea fans. The Hull City fans created a lot of noise and everyone enjoyed their day out. The stewards were some of the worst I've ever come across. I moved seats as my girlfriend is pregnant and was getting knocked in our original seats. Upon entering the new area I was manhandled and also told "I don't care" when telling one steward my Girlfriend was expecting. I dread to think what they would have done to a City fan who acted aggressively or swore etc. Eventually the stewards allowed me to explain and they then they allowed me to the new seats as if nothing had happened. A totally unprofessional outfit. I didn't eat inside the ground but the facilities seemed good. There were queues for the toilets.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was really easy, however I did stay behind for around an hour to get autographs. By this time the crowd had gone and I walked straight onto the tube and away from the area. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day out and lovely to see Hull City back in the Premier league. The ground and game were very good and the weather was brilliant. The only sour note were the CFC stewards who have a lot to learn about communication and how to treat fans in the correct manner.

Chelsea v Everton
Premier League
Sunday May 19th 2013, 4pm
By Craig Milne (Everton fan) 

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to it as it was a weekend away down in London with with family and the match too. Plus it was another ground never visited before, a stadium with history and passionate supporters. Another London club to have ticked off.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove in from Basingstoke along the M3, M25, M4, A4 straight into Kensington. The journey only took an hour. We were planning on parking at Earls Court, it's a huge venue for a multitude of things but there's no parking there unless there's something on and unfortunately on this day there wasn't! However after driving around I noticed that street parking was allowed on Sunday and that it was free. We parked just off the A4 in PhilBeech Gardens just next to Earls Court. It was then a 20 minute walk to the ground from there through the Brompton cemetery.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

En route to park up we passed several bars which sold food, corner shops, bookies and small supermarkets. There was also restaurants from what seemed like all four corners of the World. We headed back to the street and had breakfast in one of the pubs very friendly, nice atmosphere and it seemed far enough away from the ground that there was no hassle. Outside the tube station was an excellent stall with old programmes on, the guy was very chatty and had programmes from a variety of teams and events.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Outside the ground on a wall was an interesting feature of the history of the club. There was also an excellent club shop and facilities in the surrounding area were brilliant. Fulham Broadway tube station had a small shopping centre in it and the Sainsbury was handy for a quick munch. The official Chelsea brass band playing outside was an excellent touch. They had plenty of security around the ground, food outlets and on that day a promotion through one of the sponsors which was entertaining many of the kids there. A nice touch from such a large club.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Before the game I noticed there were clowns, entertainers and balloons galore, in various parts of the home end, which was great for the kids. The game was great too. Chelsea took the lead, Everton drew level, then Chelsea made it a 2 - 1 win. It was a nice way for Chelsea to finish the season, but it was a bit of a wet blanket for David Moyes final Everton game in charge. 

The away end was dry, no booze even though we'd been handed a voucher for discounted ale up to an hour before kick off! The back two rows of the lower tier, numbered 15 and 16 are right under the overhang of the upper tier and in my opinion were a restricted view. It was a bit like watching the game through a letter box and thats where we were sat. There were some spare seats were in row 14 so we moved there and the view was better. After the game Chelsea brought out the two European Cups which was nice to see. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left about 45 minutes after the final whistle and walked back to the car through the cemetery with a large contingent of Chelsea fans. Got back to the car in no time and then once on the A4 the traffic was flowing freely and we were back in Cheshire 3 and a half hours later. That included a stop for a Burger King with John Barnes! We didn't plan to meet him, he just happened to be there at the services.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great weekend and an excellent visit. The day was all the more enjoyable thanks to the events Chelsea had put on to entertain the fans before kick off. An easy journey in proper football weather (sunny) and the game was grand. I'd be a lot more interested in attending again if the prices weren't as steep £52 for a seat in the lower tier and £55 in the upper.   

Chelsea v West Ham United
Premier League
Sunday March 17th 2013, 4pm
By Philip Pegram (West Ham United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The whole of my family support Chelsea (apart from me that is) They keep saying how good the stadium is. So couldn’t pass the opportunity to visit for my first time when West ham played this season at Stamford Bridge.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We travelled to the ground by Tube from South London. Got off at Fulham Broadway. Short walk to the stadium, just followed the crowds.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had a few drinks and food in Wetherspoons near Victoria Station, The Willow Walk. Great pub with the usual menu and drinks that you see in a Wetherspoons. We also stopped just out side Earls Court Station for a couple. Pub directly opposite the station and full of away fans called the Courtfield.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground looked very nice as we got close. We were searched on entering and made our way to the upper tier. Great view of the stadium for away fans and very good seating. There 3,000 Hammers fans in attendance for the game.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Wasn’t a bad game apart from West Ham losing 2-0. Great atmosphere with all the away fans singing for most of the game. Not the best move for Frank Lampard to celebrate his goal in front of the West Ham fans. Didn’t go down well. Facilities were very good in the ground Pies, sausage rolls, Tea & Coffee. Alcohol was £4 for a pint of lager.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy to get away from the game after the match. Got tube from Fulham Broadway. Was a bit of a queue after the game but what you would expect for a football match. Didn’t have to wait long for a tube to arrive.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

My overall thoughts for the day were very good. Had a great day at Chelsea and look forward to visiting again.

Chelsea v Norwich City
Premier League
Saturday, August 27th 2011, 3pm
By Thomas Ling (Norwich City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Off course I was looking forward to visiting Chelsea, as they are recognised as one off the best teams in the country. Norwich City had just come back into the Premier League and this was our second away game of the season. Realistically were weren't expecting to get three points here, but to enjoy the fun and have a good day out at Stamford Bridge.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I had travelled on a private coach and the three hour drive from East Anglia was very easy and comfortable with no hold ups. Surprisingly the traffic around London was quiet, giving us an easy ride to Stamford Bridge. We had to park  a bit of a way from the ground, but the walk wasn't too bad.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We were not going to go anywhere before the game, we just were going to buy a programme and go inside. We were told that all Norwich fans were not being allowed into pubs around the stadium, which must have been a bit annoying for all the other Canaries supporters who were looking for a drink. One good thing is that the home fans were really friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

From a distance the ground was difficult to see, being partly obscured by other buildings including a hotel. The amount of stewards outside the away supporters entrance was almost unbelieveable, having to go through lines of them to get into the stadium.  On each side of the stadium were large three tiered stands, that looked very impressive, whilst the two ends were two tiered. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere was very poor from the home fans not really finding their voice at all. The leg room between the seats was very tight. The stewards were continuously trying to get us to sit down but we could not see, so we had to keep standing up.

As for the game itself, well Chelsea got off to a flyer with a fantastic strike from just outside the penalty area by Jose Bosingwa. In the second half Norwich equalised, through a great goal by Grant Holt, which sent the Norwich fans wild. But late on Chelsea got a penalty and we were reduced to ten men, with our keeper, John Ruddy receiving a red card. Lampard converted the penalty to make it 2-1 to the home side. Chelsea grabbed a third late in injury time to seal the win.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was a walk back up to the coaches, with s few Chelsea fans rubbing it in. A Police escort meant that we were soon on our way back to Norfolk.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day had been brilliant, the atmosphere from the away fans was excellent and we were very unlucky not to get anything from the game. But there is always next season (hopefully!).

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Updated 30th August 2015

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