|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|
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.
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
London: Chelsea’s biggest upgrade in 20 years
Chelsea not only left prices frozen but also provided some cool changes around Stamford Bridge, including safe standing and a new Westview club area.
European Super League: What could change stadium-wise?
Earthquake of historic proportions or a failed attempt at secession? Europe’s top club are attempting to flee UEFA’s supervision and no longer share revenue from international games. Their gain could come at a massive price for others.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
London: Second chance for new Stamford Bridge?
Though Chelsea's planning permission lapsed back in March, the club will soon get an extension until March of 2021. But will Roman Abramovich make use of the new opening?
London: Chelsea loses planning application
Today the green light for construction of a new Stamford Bridge is turning bright red once more. Chelsea failed to begin work within the legal limit of 3 years and will have to reapply.
COVID-19 crisis: Porto and Chelsea step up
More and more entities are showing solidarity with those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. To ease the tension of medical personnel, FC Porto and Chelsea open their stadiums to doctors and nurses.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
London: Chelsea looking for a way out?
Either cutting cost by massive £500 million or building in a new location – these are the scenarios revealed in an exclusive by New Civil Engineer. Chelsea FC calls it speculation only but at the same time doesn't deny specifics.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
London: Chelsea shelves new stadium plan
In a surprisingly brief statement the FA Cup holders announced they will not pursue the new £1-billion stadium at this time. Plans are officially on hold and no further work will be done.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
London: Chelsea resolve dispute with the Crosthwaites
After prolonged negotiations and announcements of legal battle, Chelsea and the homeowners from across the railroad have finally reached an agreement, once again enabling construction of new Stamford Bridge.
England: How much are PL naming rights worth?
To secure a naming rights deal in Premier League you only need £300,000 per year. But to buy the most expensive name it's 87 times that amount! Here's the latest valuation by Duff & Phelps.
London: Unanimous support for Stamford Bridge
On Monday evening the council cabinet of Hammersmith and Fulham decided to opt for compulsory purchase order of the one remaining house that could block Chelsea's new stadium.
London: Can this house stop Chelsea's stadium?
Monday is decision day for one major conflict around Chelsea's new stadium. If the Hammersmith and Fulham council decides to go forward with compulsory purchase of one house blocking Chelsea's stadium, the project can move on. If not, it might never go forward.
London: Chelsea to double revenue at new Bridge
Chelsea are barely 4th in terms of revenue according to Deloitte but their new commercial director wants to double revenue, promising levels unseen so far in football. The new stadium is part of this strategy.
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.