Year Ground Opened: 1905
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Tel: 0871 984 1955
Stamford Bridge holds just under 42,000, which makes it the smallest ground of the current top five clubs. Over the past fifteen to twenty years an almost complete redevelopment of Stamford Bridge Stadium has taken place, including the building of hotels, the megastore, offices, residential buildings and work on three of the stands. Further development is limited due to space and for that reason rumblings of a potential move from Stamford Bridge go on.
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 divided between the upper and lower tiers of the shed for Premier League games whilst for cup games the whole lower tier is generally given over to the away supporters. 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 stands is ample.
Refreshments are not overly expensive and facilities are what you’d expect from one of the biggest clubs in England.
Chelsea reputedly has the largest number of pubs within a mile’s radius of the stadium so you have plenty of choice. Ones immediately opposite the ground are best avoided due to crowding. Broudons outside Fulham Broadway is also recommended.
As regards places to eat, there is a Harry Ramsden’s 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 where attendants 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 one mile away from the stadium until you leave the residents only section. In my experience, providing you’re there an hour or so before kick off, you’ll find parking around Waltham Green.
West Brompton overground station is about fifteen 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 local 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 if necessary.