- Stamford Bridge is following COVID-safety measures in response to government advice.
- Embark on a tour and step into the action as you explore pitchside, the home dressing room, players' tunnel and press room at the amazing Chelsea Football Club.
- Discover the club's history as you check out shirts and programmes from across the decades in the museum.
Stamford Bridge Stadium, also known as The Bridge or just Stamford Bridge, is a football stadium home to Chelsea Football Club, adjacent to the borough of Chelsea. It opened in 1877 as an athletics club until Gus Mears founded Chelsea FC in 1905. Currently, the Stamford Bridge capacity is 40,834 but has plans to expand it to 63,000 seats. It is called Stamford Bridge after a nearby bridge that sat over the Stanford Creek in the 18th century, which has since been partially reconstructed. It is not to be confused with the Yorkshire village where the Battle of Stamford Bridge took place!
The Stadium is split into four stands: the Matthew Harding Stand, the East Stand, the Shed End, and West Stand. The Matthew Harding Stand is named after former Chelsea director Matthew Harding, who invested considerably in the club before his death in 1996. The East Stand is the only covered seating available. Originally used for away fans, Mourinho moved family and friends into the East Stand for morale. The Shed End was initially where the most ardent Chelsea supporters stood, but after the original terrace was destroyed, the away supporters now sit there. Chelsea footballer Peter Osgood’s ashes were laid to rest near the penalty spot closest to The Shed. The West Stand holds ‘The Great Hall’, where the Chelsea Player of the Year ceremony takes place. The current pitch measures approximately 103 metres long by 67 metres wide, with a couple metres of run-off space at the sides. If you’re interested in more facts like these before going to the Stadium, here are seven facts we bet you didn’t know.
This Chelsea stadium is home to the largest football museum in the world, the Centenary Museum. Opened in 2005 for the 100-year anniversary of the club, it is located in the former Shed Galleria. Beginning in the WAGs lounge, with a video message from former vice-president Richard Attenborough, the museum is set up to take visitors decade by decade, including pieces such as José Mourinho's coat. This iconic player is also honoured by his quote on the wall. There are interactive exhibits available to explore too.
The football stadium has five different stadium and museum tours available at different price points. The Classic Chelsea Tour and Museum takes place once a day and comes with a lanyard, beginning at the museum and going through a range of spaces. The Stadium Tour and Museum is a little different, as it is slightly shorter so is better for those with less time on their hands. The VIP tour allows you a tour without any other members of the public present. The Legends Tour allows you to go around with a Chelsea FC legend who can give insight into being a player. The Platinum Tour will get you up close and personal with the variety of trophies stored around. Each tour includes museum entrance, so the fun doesn’t have to stop.
Feeling hungry after all the sightseeing? Frankie’s Bar and Grill serves a variety of food whether you’d prefer pasta, a burger, fish and chips or a salad. It also has vegan and vegetarian options. They serve hot and cold beverages.
Chelsea fans will love Stamford Bridge, even without the excitement of a home match. If you want to discover more about football, and the home of the England team, enjoy a look into our amazing facts about Wembley Stadium.
What to know before you go
- Safety measures regarding COVID are in place at Stamford Bridge, such as: hand sanitiser stations; enhanced cleaning regimes; a cashless site; reduced capacity; and required face masks.
- To enter the Stadium, you will either need to be going to a match, visiting the museum, or taking one of the tours.
- Tours of Stamford Bridge stadium take place seven days a week, from 10am - 4pm/5pm depending on the day.
- The Centenary Museum is open seven days a week, from 9.30 -6.30pm.
- There are several baby-changing facilities around the stadium.
- The stadium is wheelchair accessible and has unisex disabled toilets.
- Buggies can be used at the stadium, but will need to be carried up and down stairs at certain points.
- There is nowhere to leave luggage or bags.
- If you want to stay overnight, the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels at Chelsea FC is within the grounds of the club.
- Enjoy a souvenir photo with 2019 UEFA Europa League and 2012 UEFA Champions League trophies, depending on availability. Tour members can also take photos with Chelsea player backgrounds.
- For souvenirs of the day, the Stadium Megastore is open everyday except match days and has a variety of memorabilia, including match kits, and customisable football shirts.
- The postcode for Stamford Bridge is SW6 1HS.
- The nearest station is Fulham Broadway (District line) in Zone 2.
- If you wish to use an overground train, there are two within a 15-minute walk: West Brompton and Imperial Wharf.
- The 14, 211 and 414 buses stop outside Stamford Bridge.
- River boats can drop guests off at Chelsea Harbour.
- There is a cycle shed available for Stamford Bridge guests, but it can get busy.
- Please follow the latest government guidelines if travelling by public transport.
- Resident parking restrictions are in place around the venue. There is an off-site car park near the main entrance in Fulham Broadway Centre, but is best used for disabled access.
- The stadium is accessible by foot from all directions.
Images by © Lachlan Fearnley, Jason Bagley and Nick Mehlert.