Stamford Bridge – “The Bridge”
Stamford Bridge is home ground of Chelsea F.C. . According to Chelsea history Stamford Bridge is s one of the oldest football grounds and has been the home of Chelsea FC since formation in 1905. Stamford Bridge opened as a sporting arena on 28th of April 1877. For the first 27 years of its existence it was used only for the traditionally popular Victorian pursuit of athletics meetings by the London Athletic Club. In 1904 owners expressed their desire to host also football games on stadium. Initially the stadium was offered to Fulham FC to play there. They turned down the chance and so instead Chelsea Football Club was born in March 1905 and moved into the new Stamford Bridge stadium for the start of the season a few months later.
The stadium is located within the Moore Park Estate also known as Walham Green, at the address Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS, United Kingdom. The capacity is 41.629 seats, making it the eighth largest ground in the Premier League, but is due in the next few years to be expanded to a capacity of 60.000 seats. The stadium’s highest official attendance is 82.905, for a league match between Chelsea and Arsenal on 12th of October 1935. Everything you need to know about “The Bridge” history, you can read it here.
Directions to stadium
Stamford Bridge is the most central of the London football stadiums. It’s within the Moore Park Estate also known as Walham Green, at the address Fulham Rd, London SW6 1HS, United Kingdom and is easily accessible by tube (Fulham Broadway) or bus from the centre of the city.
The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line. You can get to Fulham Broadway by taking a Wimbledon-bound train from Earl’s Court station (which is about 20 min walk from the stadium), which is on the Circle and Piccadilly Line. There are two Overground stations near to Stamford Bridge, West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, which are approximately a 15-minute walk from the stadium. These are both on a direct line between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction.
You can also access stadium by the bus – line 14 (from Euston Square to Putney), line 211 (from Waterloo Station to Hammersmith) and line 414 (from Maida Vale to Putney Bridge).
Fans are advised not to drive to Stamford Bridge due to parking restrictions in the area, especially on match days but if you still do decide to take a car, carefully read this instructions.
Tickets for Chelsea F.C. games can be purchased online, by phone +44 (0) 871 984 1905 or at the box office at Stamford Bridge. Tickets for home Premier League matches go on sale 42 days before the match. Tickets for away Premier League matches go on sale 28 days before the match. Tickets for domestic cup and European home and away matches go on sale 42 days before the game where possible. Tickets for cup finals are sold only to season ticket holders and members. Chelsea matches fall into three pricing categories. Tickets for category B games are the cheapest and range in price from 52,00£ for a lower-tier seat at one of the ends up to 70,00£ for a seat at the upper West Stand. Pricing for tickets AA+ category matches is between 61,00£ and 87,00£. Here you can find a summary of how tickets are sold for matches.
Chelsea F.C. also offer a stadium tours which include access to the home and away dressing room, various stands in the stadium, the players’ tunnel, press room, and the Chelsea museum. Tours run seven days a week every half hour between 10.00am and 4.00pm. The museum is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry to the Museum is at 5.00pm). There are no tours on match days or the day before a European home fixture. The museum is open on regular match days, but not on European match days (or the day before). Bookings can be made online.
The tour costs from 19,00£ for adult and 13,00£ for child age 5-15 years. For children aged below 5 years tours are free. Pricing for museum is 11,00£ for adult and 9,00£ for child age 5-15 years. For children aged below 5 years museum entrance is free.
Where to eat, drink and sleep?
Stamford Bridge is located on the border of the well-off Chelsea and Fulham areas. Chelsea reputedly has the largest number of pubs within a mile radius of the ground so there’s plenty of choice. The ones immediately opposite the ground can be very crowded on match days. There are also some coffee shops, restaurants, and pubs near the stadium, mainly on Fulham Road and King’s Road a little further south.
Lloyds No. 1 bar near the Fulham Broadway Tube station fills with fans on match days and serves some of the cheapest beer in London. The rest of the pubs and bars near Stamford Bridge you can find here.