Stamford Bridge was opened in 1877 as an Athletics venue, home to the London Athletic Club. However the ground was acquired and developed by Chelsea Football Club upon their formation in 1905, featuring a single covered stand and bowl terracing with a capacity of 100,000.
In those early years, the stadium hosted the FA Cup Final between 1920 and 1922, numerous Charity Shield and several England international matches.
Other sports have been held at the ground – a rugby union match between the All Blacks and Middlesex in 1905, a Rugby League international between Great Britain and the New Zealand All Golds in 1908, frequent greyhound racing meets between 1933 and 1968 and the first major day-night floodlit cricket match in the UK between Essex and West Indies in 1980.
Redevelopment work has continued across the years, most notably in the 1970s and 1990s with the stadium now reaching a capacity of just over 40,000.
Chelsea has considered moving away from Stamford Bridge in recent years, owing to the limitations they face in expanding the stadium. However, after initially considering relocation the club announced plans to expand the stadium to 60,000, but as of 2018 these plans were placed on hold.
Tickets at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea tickets are available to purchase online, by phone (0371 811 1905) or at the ticket office at Stamford Bridge. Tickets go on sale to members first and Chelsea often do sell out matches so they be may difficult to purchase on general sale without membership.
Premier League ticket prices for Chelsea in the 2019-2020 season were in three different categories depending on the opposition, ranging from:
Adult (Member): £25-£90 (AA), £25-£75 (A) & £25-£70 (B)
Adult (General Sale): £30-£95 (AA), £30-£80 (A) & £30-£75 (B)
Junior/Senior (Member): £17-£25 (AA), £15.50-£23.50 (A&B)
Junior/Senior (General Sale): £19.50-£27.50 (AA), £18-£26 (A&B)
Location & Travel to Stamford Bridge
Stamford Bridge is located in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in central London. Being in London, the stadium has extensive transport options:
Airport: The two busiest airports in the UK serve London and between them have flights to most of the world’s prime destinations – Heathrow Airport is 11 miles to the west, with Gatwick Airport approximately 25 miles south of the stadium.
Boat: River boats run close by to the stadium at Chelsea Harbour, about 15 minutes walk away with boats travelling between Putney Pier and Blackfriars Pier.
Bus: There are two bus stops outside the stadium on Fulham Road, with bus routes 14 (Euston Square to Putney), 211 (Waterloo Station to Hammersmith) and 414 (Maida Vale to Putney Bridge) all running there.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to London and offers over 10 routes from Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The stadium is served by the following main roads:
- From North: M1, A3220, A41; passing Edgware and Watford
- From South: A3, M3; passing Richmond and Wimbledon
- From East: A12, A13, A4; passing through Central London
- From West: M4, A4, A40; passing Brentford, Slough and Windsor
There is no car parking on site at the stadium and there is a controlled parking is very limited within the local area, there is paid parking around a 15 minute walk away.
London Underground & Trains: The nearest tube station to the stadium is Fulham Broadway on the District Line, approximately a 10 minute walk away.
The closest overground stations are West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, both about 15 minutes walk away and on a direction line to Clapham Junction.
Where to stay in London
Stamford Bridge is unique in the fact that it has a hotel onsite at the ground, the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea Football Club.
Stamford Bridge Stadium Tour & Museum
Chelsea offer stadiums tours of Stamford Bridge, seven days a week between 10am and 3pm. There are different tours to choose from all which include entry to the club’s Museum.
The stadium tour costs £21 for Adults, £14 for Concessions (65+/Students), £13 for Children (5-15 years) and free for Children under 5.
Further information and booking is available on the official website.