|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 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+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
New design: Chelsea use history in stadium plan
Not only because it’s a good idea, the club was simply forced to. New Stamford Bridge will benefit from the historical layout of available land to squeeze in 60,000 people.
London: Stamford Bridge redone by Herzog and de Meuron?
The acclaimed architects from Switzerland are working on Stamford Bridge expansion study. According to Architect’s Journal this may be their key work in English sports stadia.
London: Chelsea to improve Stamford Bridge atmosphere?
Whole-new singing section is expected to boost the noise and morale at home games. But so far a letter showing contempt for atmosphere proves critics still have a lot to moan about.
London: Councilors don’t want Chelsea in Twickenham
Ward councilors in North Twickenham are strongly against potential move of Chelsea, even if for one season. And they assure to use “all measures available” to block it.
London: Chelsea to share Twickenham once revamp starts?
Premier League’s largest stadium again in London? That’s possible if Chelsea leave Stamford Bridge for Twickenham. The stadium’s operator confirmed interest from The Blues.
Premier League: Most clubs ‘inflate’ attendances
Here’s another argument for fans claiming there’s something wrong with the game in England. Arsenal alone inflated its attendance for 2013/14 by almost 174,000 fans compared to actual numbers.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
England: Fans to protest ticket prices again
On August 14 supporters from across England will demonstrate in London, showing their outrage with pricing policies at Premier League clubs. Some season tickets have risen by 30-40% for the upcoming season and only Manchester City offers any season ticket below £300.