Chelsea FC - Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge Guide

Stadium Info

The capacity of Stamford Bridge is just under 42,000, making it the smallest amongst the current 'big five' clubs. Although the smallest of the big five, Stamford Bridge's owners have been investing a lot of time and money into a redevelopment of the stadium. Over the past 10-15 years the investments have gone to hotels, the megastore, offices, residential buildings and 3 of the stands. Limitations on the development of the stadium will arise as there is limited available space for additions. Which could lead to the club rebuilding the stadium elsewhere as they continue to rebuild their squad. If they are going to continue to compete as a part of the 'big five' why not have the stadium to match it?

Away Fans

Approximately 3,000 seats are made available for visiting supporters and they are located in the south east corner of the Shed End. Away fans are separated between the upper and lower tiers of the shed for league games whilst for cup games, the whole lower tier is generally given over. If demand is low then a much smaller section of both upper and lower tiers is optional.

There are no supporting pillars within the stadium which makes for fantastic views from all areas and leg room within the shed is ample. Refreshments are not overly expensive and facilities are what you'd expect from one of the biggest clubs in England.

Stadium Layout

Stamford Bridge seating plan:

Stamford Bridge Seating Plan

Where To Drink

Chelsea reputedly has the largest number of pubs within a mile radius of the stadium so you have plenty of choice. Ones immediately opposite the ground are best avoided due to crowding. On the Kingís Road that are friendly away fan pubs. Broudons outside Fulham Broadway is also recommended.

As regards places to eat, there is a Harry Ramsdens fish and chip shop located just outside the entrance to the away end.

Parking

Parking is very limited around Stamford Bridge as you would expect. So called football car parks that can charge upwards of £6 for the game are available but a more popular and cheaper choice for evening or Sunday games is to drive approximately 1 mile away from the stadium until you leave the residents only section. In my experience, providing you're there 45-60 minutes or so before kick off, you'll find parking around Waltham Green.

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Directions

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Chelsea's Stamford Bridge Stadium is West Brompton. This overground station is about 15 minutes walk from the stadium. Turn right outside the station, then right again into Brompton Cemetery. Walk through the cemetery and Stamford Bridge will appear on the right. For evening games, turn right after the cemetery into Finborough Road and then right again onto Fulham Road.

The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway which is on the District Line. You can either get on a tube bound for Wimbledon or change at Earls Court on the District Line of necessary.

The Games To See

With Chelsea's success over the past years it is hard to determine who Chelsea's biggest rivals are. Traditionally Chelsea's biggest rivals would be their nearest team Fulham, in the West London Derby. However with the great success now accomplished by the club, fans are now deeming North London club Arsenal, their more serious rivals. while Fulham have barely been a threat. With Chelsea and Arsenal now one the largest cross town rivals the fixtures are now considered to be unmissable.

Fans Reviews

  • Travel: Have used the coach and the train. One of the better grounds for using the train, Fulham Broadway is literally a few yards away, or you can go a bit further and use West Brompton to avoid some of the crowds after a game.

    Refreshments: The Slug and Lettuce is the away pub, but gets quite busy. A lot of the other pubs seem to be home fans only. Plenty of eating places, though some probably out of the financial reach of your average Premiership fan, especially if they've just paid £48 for a ticket in the away end!

    Impressions: The stewards are sound, plenty of space to get a drink and something to eat without a crush, big screens with live scores, and flawless view from the upper. It may be £48 to sit up there, but itís still better value in comparison to places like Portsmouth and West Ham charging about a tenner less for crap. The lower is not quite as good as the upper, the facilities are much poorer (and be aware they don't sell beer in the lower as the kiosks are in view of the pitch) and it's shallow. If the price jump isn't too great, the upper is by far the better of the two.

    Atmosphere: Not bad. Chelsea have this prawn sandwich reputation, but the atmosphere is decent. Maybe it helps that a lot of the old heads sit in the home section of the Shed so there's plenty of abuse being shouted across! With that in mind, it was dreadful from the home fans when we were given the full end for the League Cup semi, and the FA Cup replay.

    Enjoy: Pretty decent all round, just a bit pricey and we haven't won there in years in the League.

  • Andy Smith wrote:

    Travel: I travelled by coach which has to park right out side were all the home fans are. You have too walk through them which is not good.

    Refreshments: There are none in the area that will let away fans in including at the ground. The set up is for home fans with lots of money and not the average footy fan. There are lots of burger bars outside.

    Impressions: Impressive outside but when you're inside, the away fans get stuck up in the corner with restricted view seats. The atmosphere is electric.

    Facilities: These are ok, there's not a lot of choice inside. You have to pay top dollar for everything. There is plenty of leg room and the toilets are ok and clean. The stewards are welcoming.

    Exit: AWFUL! Walking around the ground, through the home fans didn't feel safe at all. Then the coaches were held back for 45 minutes whilst the home fans walked up the main road, surely a police escort would be better. I would hate to see what happens when United go there!!!

    Enjoy: Not a bad day. I feel I was ripped off for ticket and the ground facilities. Getting away could be a lot better, but you have to go for the game and your team, that's why Chelsea get away with it. 'WRONG' in my opinion.

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Ground Name: Stamford Bridge
Capacity: 41,841 (all seated)
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Main Tel No.: 0871 984 1955
Team Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Site: www.chelseafc.com

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