General Info about the Chelsea Football Stadium
Stamford Bridge is placed in southwest London, close to Fulham FC and home to Chelsea FC since 1905 but in existence as the home ground of the London Athletic Club from as early as 1877.
The stadium has been an all-seater football ground since the 1990’s when this sort of redevelopment was made necessary but has been tweaked and modernised almost constantly since then, especially since the takeover of Roman Abramovich and the club’s ascension to the top ranks of English and European football.
As well as hosting the Blues every other week, Stamford Bridge has also been used as a venue for FA Cup semi-finals and finals in the distant past as well as England home games.
The pitch at Stamford Bridge was improved back in 2014 with just under 17 miles of undersoil heating piping installed to guard against freezing weather along with better irrigation just under a soil layer making up the base of the playing surface.
Like a number of Premier League clubs, Chelsea have gone for a mixture of natural grass and synthetic fibres for their pitch these days which measures 103 metres by 67 metres, just a tad under the standard measurement for a pitch of its type.
Chelsea Football Stadium Capacity
Stamford Bridge’s current capacity is approximately 41,600 though there are long-standing plans to increase this first to 55,000 and then eventually to 60,000.
The four main stands at Stamford Bridge are the Matthew Harding Stand, the East Stand, the Shed End and the West Stand.
Away Fans At Stamford Bridge
Opposition supporters coming to Chelsea Football Stadium are housed in the lower tier of the Shed End, near to the East Stand with the usual Premier League ticket allocation of 3,000 though this can change for European games.
Chelsea Football Stadium Ticket Prices
As is the case with most Premier League sides, Chelsea’s ticket prices vary depending upon the opposition. Matchday tickets are available in the league from £30 – £69 per adult. Concessions for pensioners or under-18’s are also on offer.
Chelsea have some very fair hospitality packages, from Executive Suite packages at £695 per person, the Platinum package for £495 right down to various other lounges and suites at only £195 per person.
How To Get To Stamford Bridge
Although no parking is available on match days, those wishing to drive to Chelsea Football Stadium can take the M25, then the M4/A4 into the city. Turn right at Earl’s Court onto Earl’s Court Road and then onto Fulham Road. The stadium will appear.
The closest Tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line. This can be accessed from all around London, though Earl’s Court Station itself is only a 20-minute stroll from the stadium.
Overground trains run to both West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, approximately 15 minutes walk from Stamford Bridge.
Various buses run near the stadium onto the Fulham Road coming from Euston Square, Waterloo Station and Maida Vale.
The club has discussed publicly in the past the intention to extend Stamford Bridge to around 55,000 seats. The sticking point remains the stadium’s position in a heavily built-up area of London and close to rail lines making redevelopment difficult as well as surrounding areas facing the prospect of an extra 13,000 fans dispersing at the same time.
In a perfect world Chelsea want the capacity to eventually reach 60,000 and are happy to play at Wembley Stadium while redevelopment takes place, something utilised by Tottenham Hotspur during 2017/18.