Stamford Bridge

Capacity: 41,623 (all seated)
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Telephone: 0371 811 1955*
Fax: 020 7381 4831
Ticket Office: 0371 811 1905*
Stadium Tours: 0371 811 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: Black and Grey

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

Stamford Bridge Welcome SignStamford Bridge 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.

Chelsea are one of only a few Clubs who have played at the same stadium since they were formed. Chelsea FC came into being in 1905 in a pub in Fulham Road just across from what is now Stamford Bridge. The Club have played at on the Stamford Bridge ever since. Interestingly the pub where the Club were formed still exists and is now called the Butcher's Hook.

New Stamford Bridge StadiumThe Club have announced that they are seeking planning permission to build a new 60,000 capacity stadium on the existing Stamford Bridge site. Designed by Swiss Architects Herzog & de Meuron, who also designed the Bird's Nest Stadium in Beijing, the new proposed Stamford Bridge looks quite unusual. Whether the local residents will be impressed remains to be seen! This artists impression as well as others from Herzog & de Meuron, can be viewed on the de Zeen Magazine website.

The Shed End Turnstiles EntranceAway 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; CheeseBurgers (£4.90), Hot Dogs (£4.50), Pasties (£4.50), Tandoori Chicken Wraps (£5) and Vegetarian Pasties (£5). Alcohol is also available in the form of Singha Beer (Pint £4.60), London Pride (500ml Bottle) £4.90, Red or White Wine (187ml miniature bottle).

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 Stamford Bridge 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'. John Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan adds; 'Just a little further along Earls Court Road past the Courtfield Tavern is the Blackbird pub. This too allowed in visiting fans, but it charged £5.20 for a pint. However I did note that on Sundays that there was plenty of free street parking in the area; it is normally permits only on other days of the week'. Gordon a visiting Newcastle fan informs me; '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!

If you require hotel accommodation in London then first try a hotel booking service provided by 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 help towards the running costs of keeping this Guide going. 

Access their London Hotels pages.

Remember that you can use the above link to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, at home or abroad.

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

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.

Find train times, prices and book tickets with trainline. Booking tickets in advance will normally save you money!

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.

Click on the trainline logo below:

Thomas Cook Sport offer combined match ticket and hotel packages for most Chelsea home games. See what is available by clicking on the banner below.

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
As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Adults - £30
Over 65's - £23.50
Under 20s - £23.50

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 and Tottenham Hotspur. 

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

A stadium plan of Stamford Bridge, showing the different sections, can be downloaded from the Chelsea FC website (PDF document).

* Members of the club can get a discount of up to £5 on these ticket prices. 

Official Programme £3
CFCUK Fanzine: £1

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

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

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


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:

2015-2016: 41,500 (Prenier League)
2014-2015: 41,546 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 41,482 (Premier League)

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 45 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 0371 811 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. Read my Stamford Bridge Tour Review.

* 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).

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

Special thanks to:

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

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of Stamford Bridge.

The video of the Stamford Bridge Tour and Museum was produced by Raidin and is made publicly available via YouTube.

Chelsea v Bristol Rovers
Football League Cup Second Round
Tuesday 23rd August 2016, 7.45pm
Shaun Ware (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Stamford Bridge?

Stamford Bridge was on my “to do” list of stadiums and I was keen to visit before its potential redevelopment so was very pleased when we drew them in the cup!

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

We parked at North Ealing and got the tube to Earls Court which took around twenty minutes. As it was a nice day we had a gentle stroll to the ground. Stamford Bridge is certainly located in one of the nicest parts of London so it was a pleasant walk and the ground was easy to find.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We stopped for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat on the walk to the ground and the home fans were friendly enough. To be fair it did seem like there were Rovers fans everywhere as we took about 4,000 supporters and most of them seemed to turn up early for an afternoon on the sauce!! Most of the pubs close to the ground are home fans only so you are best looking for a pub a little further away.

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

Externally I was slightly disappointed by Stamford Bridge. The approach along the back of the Shed End is dominated by the hotel, which I felt detracted from the fact that it was a place where football is played and made it devoid of character. It was however smart, just not for me! We were sat in the upper the Shed End (at the very back of the stand). Inside the facilities were quite basic and the upper tier concourse is quite small – not a patch on some of the facilities on offer at other Premier League grounds. The toilet areas were also quite small but that’s nothing different to what we are used to at home matches! The steps leading to the back of the stand are small and the terracing is quite steep. The views of the playing area however from this end were fantastic. The most impressive thing about the ground for me is the East Stand which still dominates the ground. I love this stand as it always reminds me of how Stamford Bridge looked in the 80’s and 90’s before the stadium was redeveloped.

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

The game itself was good. We were in danger of being completely blown away in the first half but I personally felt we were the better side for periods of the second half and were unlucky to lose 3-2 in the end. The policing/stewarding was great and the organisation for away fans leaving the ground was also what you would expect from a Premier League club.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game    Our exit was really easy, a 20 minute walk to the tube and then back to North Ealing where we were on the motorway within twenty minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I am really pleased I visited “The Bridge” before its redevelopment and will certainly look to go the new stadium. Overall I was really proud that we had gone to one of the best teams in Europe in recent years, battled, played well and gave them a real game……everyone loves the underdog!

Chelsea v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 26th December 2015, 3pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

Another fixture on the great Premier League adventure following the mighty hornets . For the first time in a generation we have a team competitive at the top level, backed by the shrewd Pozzo family and regularly selling out our away allocation. What's not to like .......well the outrageous £55 ticket for starters, but it is Christmas and Boxing Day matches are part of our annual regime, so price notwithstanding we were looking forward to facing our relegation threatened London neighbours!

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

Hammersmith and Fulham council had kindly decided to designate Boxing Day as not a bank holiday so there were plenty of parking restrictions. So we decided to take the tube. Parked a few stops away at Turnham Green (plenty of street parking) then four stops on the District Line to West Kensington followed by a stroll down the North End Road to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Plenty of food outlets, drinking venues and bookmakers on the mile or so stroll to the ground. If it is not bad weather you really can't go wrong. The closer you get to Stamford Bridge the more fans gather outside pubs, most of which were home fans only. Plus I have never seen so many touts......

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stamford Bridge Stadium?    

Stamford Bridge is hidden behind a series of nearby developments like the two hotels, chain food outlets etc. It is obvious why Chelsea are so keen either to move or completely renovate as the infrastructure is not up to modern standards. The site does not really lend itself to easy improvement and the worst thing about the ground is the very restricted away fan entrance, especially to the upper tier once you have managed to negotiate the three (yes three) lines of security. Once in the ground, things improve dramatically. From the upper level the views are good, proximity to the the home fans lending a great atmosphere. Home fans were friendly before and after the game and showed good humour with a rendition of "we are staying up" after they took the lead!

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

The game had plenty of incident. A 2-2 draw, an offside goal wrongly given and late penalty miss from Chelsea. All this in the first match of Guus Hiddinck's tenure. Watford held their own against their multi millionaire neighbours, and even took a second half lead. Stand out player by a mile was Chelsea's Willian, through whom all of their best attacks were delivered. Indeed it was his killer pass that allowed Costa to equalise, albeit Costa looked fractionally offside. Behrami came on for Watford, kicked a few opponents and gave away an obvious penalty with a reckless lunge. Fortunately for him, Oscar ballooned his kick over the bar. In the final ten minutes there was still time for both Behrami and Costa to pick up yellow cards that on another day could have been reds.....before the final whistle bought an end to proceedings.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We stayed a few minutes after the final whistle to cheer the players off the pitch, safe in the knowledge we were not going to attempt the scrum at Fulham Broadway. Took a few minutes to get out of the crowded away end, then a twenty minute walk back to West Kensington tube station. Ten minute tube ride, back to the car and away with no traffic problems whatsoever.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Stamford Bridge is a good day out with plenty of attractions e route and provided you are prepared to walk a little, the transport is really quite straightforward. If only they didn't charge £55 to away fans. Guess they need the money to improve the stadium ;-)

Chelsea v Sunderland
Premier League
Saturday 19th December 2015, 3pm
Gregory Harding (Sunderland fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

I had previously watched Southend in their famous 1-1 cup result at Stamford Bridge, so I already had an idea of what the stadium was like. I was excited about being the first visiting fans to the Bridge in the post Mourinho era.

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

Fulham Broadway London Underground Station was where we got off at around 2pm. It felt quite safe around the ground with a noticeable but not excessive police presence.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

The home fans around the stadium were as expected - friendly and posh! There were a few nice looking pubs around the stadium, but they seemed to be for home fans only.

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

The ground is not as intimidating as others, as it just seems to merge with the other reasonably high properties which surround it. However, later in the dark the stadium looked particularly inviting. The away stand felt quite small - in the upper and lower corners of the Shed End. The security was excessive on entry to this stand - we were searched three times and the security stewards were in lines looking like they were ready to charge. The view from the stand was surprisingly good, and we were close to the home fans on either side, which I thought was great.

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

Due to the compact stadium, there was a lot of one way banter directed at the Chelsea fans. Sunderland fans were absolutely shredding the Chelsea fans apart throughout the game even though Chelsea were winning for the majority of it. The low roof meant we could really generate some noise, though I'm not sure how well we could have been heard around the ground. The bar staff were friendly and it was £4.90 a pint of Singha - I guess just London prices. The divide between the sections was relatively small, which helped the banter between us and the nearby Chelsea fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Avoid Fulham Broadway at all costs - walk to Gloucester Road or South Kensington - it was dire.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Really good day out apart from the result, as Sunderland lost 3-1!

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth
Competition    Premier League
Saturday 5th December 2015, 5.30pm
Brian Lawes (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting Stamford Bridge?    

Another first time for me - a visit to one of the 'big club' grounds. AND Chelsea would be playing AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League !! What's not to like?

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

We left Christchurch, Dorset at 1.30pm, again in our hired mini-bus. Allowing four hours to travel 100 or so miles seemed generous, but of course this is London - the big car park! There was no parking available at the ground itself, but our organiser had a place lined up about 15 min walk away. As it turned out we hit big traffic wherever we went and were at a standstill about a mile away from Stamford bridge at 4.30pm. All us passengers legged it leaving the driver and co-driver to park the bus. They got to their seats seconds before kick off!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

All the away fans were handed vouchers on arrival for a free beer, or pie. This was an initiative paid for by Bournemouth to slightly subsidise the overall cost of the trip for Cherries supporters. This caused a fair bit of congestion, especially with the bar right at the top of the entrance stairway - but we did get a free beer (with our £50 ticket!). The bar was a free-for-all and a bit chaotic, but I had a mate with me who burrowed his way to the front of the throng and soon emerged with two beers. I did think of hiring him out.

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

Stamford Bridge is not very visible from the road in the dark, it is surrounded by blocks of flats and other buildings. The single stairway entrance - and exit - to the upper tier felt a bit antiquated, was claustrophobic and seemed to be a bit of a fire hazard. However the seating area itself is a terrific theatre, we were high up but still close to the action due to the steepness of the stands, and had a brilliant all round view.

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

Chelsea were not at their best and the home fans were very quiet, despite being a virtual sell out. This was a shame, because the design of the stadium did generate superb noise on the few occasions they did all let rip. It was left to us 3,000 or so away fans to make the game the occasion we expected. Our keeper, Boruc, surprised a few of us with a fantastic performance and the Bournemouth defence has obviously been working hard on the training pitch. We also worried the Chelsea defence on several occasions and their keeper, Courtois, also had a busy day. As the game went on at 0-0 (we had been counting down the minutes left to play from minute one!) I found myself thinking "If we can nick a goal here....". So when Murray scored, of course we all went completely mad, and then after the final whistle proved we had won at the Chelsea (!!) I began hugging complete strangers. A fantastic experience.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was very congested in that stairway, but once out we got to the bus and despite more heavy traffic, got away a lot easier than got in.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Loved the ground internally and hope any new Chelsea home re-creates what is a fantastic amphitheatre. As for the match itself, just one word required - Unforgettable!

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!).

Why not write your own review of Stamford Bridge and have it included in the Guide? Find out more about submitting a Fans Football Ground Review.

* If calling from overseas:

General Enquiries and Stadium Tours: 020 7386 9373
Ticket Office: 0207 835 6000


Updated 2nd September 2016