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?
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.
Stamford Bridge seating plan:
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 King's 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 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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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.
Rivals - Fulham, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Man Utd
Travel: The coach dropped us 20 minutes walk from the stadium. Over three hours to get there due to so many pick-ups and rush hour traffic.
Refreshments: The over-zealous stewards stuck strictly to the official opening time. The bar right next to the away gates were for home fans only. So we stood freezing for nearly an hour. Home fans quiet, until the goals!
Impressions: Just WOW!! The whole stadium seems massive. Needed a couple of Sherpas to get to our seats. Very steep. Excellent view.
Atmosphere: I think the script was already written. We defended stoutly for 35 minutes, conceded, game over. Chelsea never really broke sweat and we were chasing shadows, the home side won 3-0. Great away atmosphere. Stewards very friendly. My friend preferred to wear his pie rather than eat it!
Exit: The coach had relocated nearer to the stadium so after we had negotiated the local traffic it was fairly quick. Snow on the way back, in April!
Enjoy: Done it. Got the t-shirt. Next. Planning a trip to the Emirates in May. Probably more of the same.
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
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