Chelsea – Stamford Bridge

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stamford bridgeStamford Bridge is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 42,500. Much rebuilding work has taken place in recent years. The old three-tiered East Stand, dating from the early 1970s has been retained, but the remaining three sides of the stadium now offer new stands, totally enclosing the ground.

The West Stand also offers three tiers, with a (virtually) transparent roof allowing plenty of light to reach the pitch. The North (Matthew Harding) and South (Shed End) Stands are now both two-tiered, with away fans allocated the lower tier and part of the upper tier of the Shed End for league games, and the whole of the Shed End for cup games.

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How to get to Stamford Bridge

By Road:
stamford bridge directionsStamford Bridge is located in Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS.

Away fans driving from the North should follow the M25 to junction 15, taking the M4 towards London. The M4 becomes the A4 at Hammersmith. Follow the A4 over Hammersmith flyover and turn for Earls Court after 1½ miles. Follow the one-way system to Fulham Road, turning right at the traffic lights. The stadium is situated on the right, after about 500 yards.

Fans driving from the South are advised to use the M3 as far as junction 2, leaving to join the M25. Directions to the ground are then as above.

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By Rail:
chelsea train stationThe nearest overground train station to Stamford Bridge is West Brompton, approximately a 15-minute walk away. On exiting the station, turn right, then right again into Brompton Cemetery. The ground soon becomes visible on the right. The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway (District Line), just a few minutes from the ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport to Stamford Bridge is London Heathrow, some 14 miles away. The Piccadilly Line runs from Heathrow to Earls Court tube station, which connects with Fulham Broadway (see above). Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in London that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

chelsea fc parkingWhile limited (and very expensive) on-site is available, resident-only parking schemes operate near the ground on match days. It is advisable to park a little further afield and catch the tube to the ground.


Tickets for Stamford Bridge (both home and away ends) are usually sold out well in advance. However you can get guaranteed tickets for forthcoming Chelsea FC games at Stamford Bridge from their official ticket partner.

Stamford Bridge Stadium Tours

Away Friendly Pubs near Stamford Bridge

pubs near stamford bridge stadiumPubs near Stamford Bridge tend to be pretty partisan and caution is advised for visiting fans. Numerous pubs in the Kings Road area have been classed as “away friendly” by visiting fans.

Alternatively, the White Horse is a large, comfortable pub, situated about 10 minutes from the ground, near Parsons Green station. Visiting fans have been impressed by the range of food and real ales on offer. Nearer to the ground, the Slug and Lettuce (outside Fulham Broadway station) is probably best for away fans, though the “Sofa Bar” should be avoided.

Hotels near Stamford Bridge

jurys inn chelseaThe Jurys Inn Chelsea (pictured, left), in Imperial Road SW6 2GA, offers well-equipped rooms and is located near the fashionable Kings Road. This hotel is within easy walking distance of Stamford Bridge and close to popular attractions such as the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace.

Nearby parking is available in at £1.50 per hour. On exiting Fulham Broadway tube station, turn right, then left into Harwood Road. After about 500 yards turn right onto the Kings Road, then left into Harwood Terrace. Turn right into Imperial Road and the hotel is situated on the left after about 500 yards.

grosvenor kensingtonThe Grosvenor Kensington Hotel (right), 2-10 Harrington Road, Kensington, SW7 3ER, is ideally located in Central London. This superior hotel is within easy walking distance of Stamford Bridge and offers easy access to many local attractions.

South Kensington and Victoria Train stations are located within a very short walking distance. Heathrow Airport is also within 35 minutes. Parking facilities are offered in a nearby NCP car park.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Stamford Bridge?

away fans chelseaThe majority of away fans have found a visit to Stamford Bridge pleasurable. Many have remarked upon the excellent atmosphere within the stadium, with no feeling of intimidation, despite little space between home and away fans. Most visiting fans were impressed by the overall impression of the stadium, both externally and internally, remarking on its modern looks.

Televisions on the concourses showing first-half highlights at half-time were a great hit with many. Fans who had watched a match from the upper tier advised that they would be seeking tickets for this area in future as the view is superb. However, many away fans have noted that, despite being a good day out, a visit to Stamford Bridge is extremely expensive, both in terms of tickets and the refreshments sold in the ground.

19 thoughts on “Chelsea – Stamford Bridge”

  1. As an away fan it was one of the worst grounds in the 2004/05 season to visit with regard to facilities. The away end wasn’t too great… The seats were at a level where you can see if people are sitting, but forget it if they are standing and you’re not very tall – I could touch the bottom of the tier above when standing, and I’m not that tall – I haven’t got a problem with standing during a game, but I do have a problem when I can’t see! The ladies toilets (sorry toilet, there was only one) was disgusting, no lights, and dirty (I’ve been to non-league grounds where there is no money and the facilities are fantastic compared to this).
    One of those grounds I’d never go back to! Expensive and overated!

    1. Lily. Sorry about your last experience of Stamford Bridge. However since then away fans have been re-sited in The Shed stand where the view and facilities are are far better. The view from the upper tier is particularly good.

  2. ITS THE MOST OVER RATED stadium in the world!
    the fans are shocking, dont sing unless they are winning, the away fans end is OK but food is rubbish and home fans thinking they are all hard when they are not, im a fulham fan and craven cottage is better than this “multi million” stadium….What A Let Down!

  3. Went to Chelsea for the FA cup away game. We set off at about 4 30 and arrived at Chelsea for about 10 for a 12 30 kick off. If’s quite a walk from the coaches to the ground so be aware of your surroundings. As we were only charged £25 there seemed to be more and more fans having a few drinks in the pub before the game. A lot of the pubs I saw merely just asked what team you support you could easily put of an accent and say Chelsea. 1 pub you should avoid is the SO bar full of idiots my advice is don’t go in there without a grenade if your an away fan. After getting some food we went into the ground early. The game was good with a last minute goal and a win on penalties making for a great day. While Everton fans we pretty loud Chelsea fans only really sang after their goal. After the match with 6000 everton fans walking past taking the piss out of the pathetic idiots in the SO bar.

  4. The pubs listed here have changed hands and are now home fans only. Ended up covering up and going into an irish pub on the high street so check first. The home fans in the upper shed end dont like to sing. The atmosphere was flat for nearly the whole game from the home section, with the away fans seeming to outsing the home fans for basically the whole game. They were rubbsh at generating an atmosphere where I was and only livened up when they scored. Got the raging hump when we equalised twice and gave it to them and didnt seem to take the banter very well. Aside from atmosphere, was a really good day out and spoke to a few fans and all really pleasent. Great away atmosphere and great away result!!

  5. Couldnt ask for a better away! Top atmo from both sets of fans. Pretty expensive around there but then again it is Chelsea/Fulham best bet is too drink around victoria or some where theres a Wetherspoons there is one in Victoria Station but beware Chelsea seem to drink everywhere!

  6. Having got to Chelsea with a few hours to spare,we were sent on a wild goose chase regarding an away pub by some extremely unhelpful policemen. A few of us asked a taxi driver & we ended up in lots road pub &diner in Chelsea harbour,very friendly pub with h&a fans mixed. The stadium itself has good views from the upper tier in the shed,but you will only hear the home fans after a goal is scored. We out sung them for 90 mins even though we lost 4-1! Only other gripe is that away coaches are parked about 20 mins away from the ground.

  7. The stadium looks very impressive and the facilities in the away end were excellent (though bear in mind i am used to Fratton Park) , The TV’s are definately a highlight and gave a great view of the game at the other end of the stadium where it was hard to see. I was disappointed by the atmosphere offered by the home fans who i didn’t hear sing once during the whole game even though they won 4-0. Leg room is a little tight and so is head room, Overall a great away day, the 3000 pompey fans who went all seemed to enjoy it aswell.

    1. Was also there that day as a Chelsea fan. Worst game I’ve ever heard from our fans. Was quite embarrassed, team didn’t really help though.

  8. Really enjoyed my visit to Stamford Bridge for an FA Cup game, visiting fans charged £30.00 for tickets alot less
    then for a Premiership game. Birmingham sold there 3,000 allocation which meant we were in both tiers, how’ever
    I was in the lower tier almost behind the goal, no problems with the stewards at all regarding standing, I did find it
    abit confusing getting up and down the stairs to reach that section, but overall I enjoyed my visit. Arrived by train at
    West Brompton, very busy, I went for a drink in The Imperial opposite the station but it’s not recommended for away
    suporters, before following the crowd through Brompton Cemetary a short cut from the station to the ground. There
    are a few more pubs near by but as it was a 12.30 kick off I did’nt try them.

  9. been to stamford bridge many times over the years, always had to be cautious around the ground especially for a pre match drink, but never been a problem. was dissapointed few weeks back to see that their is NO pubs serving around the ground to away fans from this season!!!! Disgrace….. great advert for Europes Champions”
    Police just advise you to drink near Earls Crt, several mile away! and stewards and other ground support just leave you to walk round in circles!! ground is nice, better than 20yr ago under the Bates regime where he wanted to electricute the away fans!
    Oh by the way, when you ccome to Newcastle your more than welcome to come into any of our bars inc Shearers which is attatched to SJP…. cos were nice people….

  10. Id like to comment on the “lack of noise from chelsea fans” syndrome…..Yes there are times it is embarassing..(BUT)..even when ive been there and i know how noisy we may have been in any part of the ground, we are still not heard elsewhere….Id have to put it down to the accoustics of the place

  11. I’ve been to Stamford Bridge yesterday for the League Cup game and I thought it was quite ok. I arrived at Euston, took the tube to Fulham Broadway via Victoria. The tube to Victoria was ok, however, the District line to Wimbledon (calling at FB) was easily the most packed place I’ve ever been to. It’s frequent (every 3 minutes), but the journey is extremely uncomfortable, although I heard some conversation between non-match-goers that it’s a bit of an one-off and it’s usually better. One travelling United fan was chatting comfortably with a Chelsea fan without any trouble on the tube, so it’s not as intimidating as people make out. At the ground, the stewards were more relaxed than I thought they’d be, I had a rucksack with me (had no choice but to take it) and I expected a very thorough search by them, but in the end, they had nothing more than a brief glance through it. View from my seat was ok-ish, despite it being in one of the back rows on lower tier. I could also reach the roof of the lower tier, despite being 5’8. The atmosphere from home fans was very hit-and-miss, they were very loud after their goals (five of them), but apart from that, they were rather poor. Chelsea’s songbook was also very thin, 80% of their songs were either ‘Chelsea! Chelsea!’ sang to different tunes or the awful ‘We know what we are, champions of Europe’ song. I should also point out the ticket prices; it was a League Cup tie so tickets were only £25 adults /£12 U18 and 65+ in both home and away ends, which is a stark contrast to the league game three days before, where away fans paid £56/£59. This is exceptionally good value for such a thrilling game, I wish my club (MUFC) did the same for League Cup games next season, vast majority of MUFC fans now pray for away draws so they don’t pay £40 for an essentially reserve game at a half-empty ground.

  12. Easy enough to get to but you can’t park anywhere near the ground unless you are willing to pay alot of money. Couldn’t get a drink anywhere near the ground either – the “official” away pub which is next to Fulham Broadway tube station was full and they wouldn’t let us in anywhere else. We ended up going to a Tesco and getting some cans (very embarrassed to hear that some fellow Liverpool fans turned the place over after the match)

    The view is better than the last time I went to Chelsea – then we were down the side but so low that you effectively just saw legs. Now we are behind the goal and the view is great, especially in the top tier. The ground isn’t very noisy – not like it used to be – but then that’s the same wherever you go these days.

    It was quite intimidating outside – as you come out there is a line of policemen but then that just ends – guy next to me who was taking the p*ss out of the Chelsea fans got clumped as soon as we passed the coppers – they didn’t do anything.

  13. Stamford bridge is like all other stadiums in the Prem, having been to all the grounds in the league many of times i have never heard a loud stadium all through any match. All teams fans only sing when they score etc Stamford bridge is the same although when they do get going they are one of the loudest iv heard personally. If you are at Stamford bridge for a night game and support Tottenham or any london club or rival club be very aware of yourself. I have never felt so intimidated and violence is still frequent despite what people think, some very nasty characters around that club and it is dangerous. Away fans have no chance of a beer around the ground not that you would want too we always go to earls court and take a shortcut through the cemetary to the ground. The ground itself is a bit of a mish mash but decent seats in the ‘shed end’ shockingly expensive everywhere!!!

  14. Anyone else think that Chelsea have the most aggressive stewards ever!!!?. Was subject to a frisk from a female steward and I can truly say that it was something that I have never experienced before at a football ground a full on grope!! Facilities were fairly good inside the ground and the home fans surprisingly friendly!

  15. well this was unexpectedly awful, i will say if you go to chelsea the upper tier is a must, i was on the 3rd row and was at pitch level (when stood up!) with the game being on sky sports, i couldnt see over the camera man who was stood in front of me, so the whole first half (when city were attacking away from us) was wasted on me i couldnt see a thing, the catering facilities (in the lower tier atleast) were shambolic, at the back of the stand (not underneath) so there was hardly any room to cue and after all that there was no beer served not what i would expect from one of europes top clubs

  16. Visited this stadium at the game earlier in the season. View from bottom tier was pretty poor as well as no alcohol being served inside the ground. Home fans were really poor and hardly sung at all. between the time that torres scored the winner in the 88th min, and the final whistle, the chelsea fans fell silent again, probably one of the worst atmosphere’s i’ve ever experienced. food around the ground is very expensive as well.

  17. As a Chelsea fan all of you at realis that there are only one or two stands singing throughout the fame and these two stands sing parrellel to each other but struggle to even hear each other as they are so far away from each other. This is the shed end and the mathew Harding. They are usually the only fans that sing. You may here them sing ” OI OI OI” to reply to the da that crys zigs zagaa. When they start singing this it sounds like a bunch of unenthusiastic children signing it e cause and when they start singing when the blues go steamin in they realise they sound like idiots to others because they are the only ones singing. I usually sing along with the two stands when insit elsewhere and STILL ripple around me don’t own there mouths. I’ve never got a dirty look for singing though fortunately. There was once a guy ranting on about the shit support. This is where I learnt a lot from the new bunch of Chelsea fans. The resonses I heard from somechelsea fans were pathetic. They were like “just because I’m not singing doesn’t mean I’m not shorting my team” it really its me off. The man giving a rant then stood up and said the support is shit, stand up If your with me. I stood up and was the only one standing. Everyone laughed . The man nodded at me with apretiation. This was the wet upper where the “high class fans” sat and the tourists. Drives me mad. People like my dad and him worked for hours to get west upper tickets which are the most expensive and people like them that have big wages or go like 1 game per season just put it all down the drain

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