|13,500 (West Stand)|
|10,925 (East Stand)|
|10,884 (Matthew Harding)|
|6,831 (Shed End)|
|Renovations||1905, 1973, 1984, 1990-1998|
|Record attendance||82,905 (Chelsea - Arsenal, 12.10.1935)|
|Design||Archibald Leitch (1905), KSS Group (1990-1998)|
|Address||Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London SW6 1HS|
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Description: Stamford Bridge
The ground was opened in 1877, but for first decades only athletics were played here. It was in 1905 that Chelsea was founded by owners of the venue at that time after Fulham refused to move in. In its initial form the ground had room for some 100,000 people, but only 5,000 under a covered stand designed by renowned Archibald Leitch. Remaining 95,000 has to use uncovered terracing surrounding the athletics track. Interestingly, the main stand was a copy of identical structure erected at nearby Craven Cottage not long before.
Further decades brought several changes with one almost leading the club to fold. A new east stand, first one to be built close to the pitch (without athletics track), was opened in 1973. It was supposed to be first of four new ends, but costs grew so much in the course of work that Chelsea lost ownership of part of the freehold. Part of the stadium was then bought by property developers Marler Estates. Only after the company went bankrupt in early 1990's did the ground become Chelsea's property. Or actually property of Chelsea supporters as they were major shareholders in Chelsea Pitch Owners, a trust established to assure stable future for the stadium.
A fun fact (or so it seems today) is that in 1984/85 season electric fence was built around the pitch to prevent fans from invading it. However do to no approval of local authorities it was never actually turned on. In 1990's remaining parts of the athletics track were removed and changed with new stands – with roof and seats, as the Taylor Report required.
It would be quite a challenge to count all events that took place here. Starting from athletics and little known shinty back in 19th Century, through greyhound races, cricket, baseball, American football and last, but most important, obviously – football. Three FA Cup finals were played here (1920-1922), national team also gave 5 appearances (last one in 1946) and Chelsea gives the ground day-to-day use with average attendances not falling below 41,000 even once since the 2003/04 season, meaning sell-out crowds at nearly all home fixtures.
London: Chelsea seeking funding for new stadium
While some expected Roman Abramovich to simply foot the bill with one signature, Chelsea's new stadium is likely to use more conventional bank loans for all or most of its cost.
London: Stamford Bridge gains connectivity partner
Chelsea FC signed a partnership agreement with Ericsson to ensure fast internet access to all fans at Stamford Bridge. This suggests fans may indeed spend two more seasons at the old Bridge.
Chelsea: Stamford Bridge development a positive move for the club
Stamford Bridge is iconic and it will dominate the club’s annals for many years to come but it has had its day. Nowadays, elite European sides have the best facilities in the industry and Chelsea must move with the times.
Chelsea Leaving Stamford Bridge: Good or Bad for the Blues?
Stamford Bridge is a legendary stadium by every standard and even after reconstruction its field won't be moved from its historical site. But everything else will change.
London: Chelsea with no construction time frame
After unofficial revelations of the project being delayed to 2023 Chelsea are still yet to confirm a groundbreaking or delivery date. As of now the best guess is 2020-2022.
As stadiums undergo a makeover, these ones got left behind
Everton have become the latest Premier League club to be given the go-ahead to build a new stadium. Liverpool City Council have given approval for a £300 million new stadium, on the basis that it will form part of a city-wide bid for the Commonwealth Games. Should the plan come to fruition, Everton will be leaving their iconic home since 1892 – Goodison Park is one of the oldest purpose-built football grounds in the world.
London: Chelsea to move in as late as 2023?
The 2017/18 season was expected to be the very last at the old Stamford Bridge. However, recent news suggest the move will come in mid-2019 and new stadium won’t be done until mid-2023.
London: “A jewel in London’s sporting crown”
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan praised the proposed Chelsea stadium as he approved it for construction earlier today!
Poker tour of stadiums
Sports teams do it, rock bands do it- and even many of the world’s top poker players do it too. In recent years there has been a growing trend to hold big tournaments at some of the most iconic sports stadiums around the UK.
London: Chelsea given unanimous support
Just as expected, the Hammersmith and Fulham council’s planning committee gave planning permission to Chelsea FC’s new stadium. And a unanimous one, too!
London: Finally a breakthrough for Chelsea?
Only an unexpected turn of events could now stop Chelsea’s planning permission, now recommended for approval. New Stamford Bridge should be ready in 2021.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
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London: Chelsea stadium threatened by bats?
Roman Abramovich's dream of a new Chelsea stadium has come up against an unlikely opponent — bats. A London Evening Standard report.
London: Chelsea to buy their own brickworks?
It sounds surreally, but might be worth the effort. Chelsea FC are said to consider buying their own brickworks as their new stadium requires 6 million bricks.
London: How Chelsea tested one fan’s patience
Because the club didn’t release satisfying renderings of their future stadium, one fans decided to do it for them. And Neil’s amazing effort is the best we’ve seen of the kind!
London: So much to see from Chelsea!
They’ve been feeding us with only breadcrumbs for months. Now all of Chelsea’s new stadium documentation is available as the club submitted its planning application. Opening in 2020?
London: Finally we can see Chelsea’s new stadium!
Officially this realistic model will be presented on Wednesday, but we’re not going to wait. Renderings and photos have already leaked as Chelsea fans cannot wait to see the planned stadium.
London: Chelsea to break the bank?
Today Arsenal have the best-earning stadium in England and beyond. But this may change when new Stamford Bridge opens with every fourth seat (!) being a premium one.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!