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Chelsea FC
Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 41,623 (all seated)
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Main Telephone No: 0871 984 1955
(For callers outside the UK: 00 44 207 835 6000)
Fax No: 020 7381 4831
Ticket Office: 0871 984 1905
(Outside UK: 00 44 207 835 6000)
Stadium Tours: 0871 984 1955
Pitch Size: 113 x 74 Yards
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Samsung
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Home Kit Colours:
Royal Blue With White Trim

Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Blue
3rd Kit Colours: Light Green & Navy Blue
Official Web Site: www.chelseafc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
CFC Net
Talk Chelsea
Chelsea Supporters Group

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Contents
What's Stamford Bridge Like?
Future Ground Developments
The West and Matthew Harding Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
West Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Shed End (photo)
By Train/Tube
Peter Osgood Statue (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzines
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Stadium Tours
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Away Section (Video)
Stamford Bridge Location Map


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What's Stamford Bridge Like?

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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Future Ground Developments

The Club recently lost out on their bid to takeover the site of the Batteresa Power Station and build upon it a new 60,000 capacity stadium. It remains to be seen now whether the Club continue look for an alternative site for a new stadium or whether they try to further expand the capacity of Stamford Bridge.

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The West and Matthew Harding Stands


  The West and Matthew Harding Stands

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
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!

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West Stand


 West Stand photo

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Where To Drink

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!

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East Stand


     East Stand photo

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How To Get There And Where To Park

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.

Map showing the location of Stamford Bridge (at the bottom of this page)

Post Code for SAT NAV: SW6 1HS

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Shed End


 Shed End Stamford Bridge

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By Train/Tube
The 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.

For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

Peter Osgood Statue


 Peter Osgood Statue photo

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.

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

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

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Admission Prices

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.
 

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Programme & Fanzines

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

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Ground Layout


  Stamford Bridge Chelsea Stadium
                    Layout

A seating plan of Stamford Bridge showing the individual block numbers
can be downloaded from the Chelsea FC website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015

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

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

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Stadium Tours

The club offer tours of the ground, which are available three times a day, except match days, the day before a Champions League fixture & bank holidays. The tour lasts for around 75 minutes and is coupled with a visit to the new Chelsea Museum. It costs*; Adults £17, Concessions £12, Children £11 (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.

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Record & Average Attendance

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:
2013-2014: 41,482 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 41,462 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 41,478 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of Stamford Bridge

Marcos Brown-Garcia (Hull City) 18/8/13
Craig Milne (Everton) 19/4/13
Philip Pegram (West Ham United) 17/3/13
Thomas Ling (Norwich City) 27/8/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from Stamford Bridge.

Access their Chelsea And Central London Hotels & Guest Houses page.

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.


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View From The Away Section (Lower Tier)



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.

Map showing the location of Stamford Bridge, Railway/Tube stations and listed pubs




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Last Updated: 23 June 2014