Stamford Bridge Stadium
Home to Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge Stadium is in the heart of Fulham in the south west of London. A magnet for football fans, the stadium has a long and prestigious history and has hosted everything from FA Cup Finals to international matches.
Although Stamford Bridge is now a legendary football stadium the grounds have, at one time or another, hosted everything from greyhound racing to cricket. The stadium first opened in 1877 as the home of London Athletic Club. It wasn’t until 1904 that the stadium was made a venue for football matches, when it was bought out by brothers Gus and Joseph Mears. In 1945 the stadium saw an historic match between the soviet FC Dynamo Moscow and Chelsea FC.
Facts and figures
The stadium has a seating capacity of 41,798. This makes it the eighth largest ground in the Premier League. In 1935 the stadium saw a whopping 82,905 people turn up and squeeze in to see a match between Chelsea and Arsenal. The Matthew Harding Stand has a capacity of 10,884, the East Stand a capacity of 11,000, the West Stand a capacity of 13,500, and the Shed End a capacity of 6,414.
Things to do
Tickets for matches can be purchased online or bought from the box office at the stadium itself. As well as matches, the stadium has a Centenary Museum which charts the club’s history, displaying everything from old programmes to José Mourinho's coat. Away from the stadium the area has a fantastic range of cultural and historical attractions. Brompton Cemetery is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon while the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum are all only a short walk away.
Places to stay
If you want to stay close to Stamford Bridge Stadium the area offers shops, bars and boutique restaurants. The Chelsea Village complex next to the stadium has stylish modern accommodation while nearby Earls Court has a selection of charming guesthouses as well as cheaper hotels if you’re travelling on a budget.
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