Stamford Bridge is a football stadium in Fulham, adjacent to the borough of Chelsea in South West London, commonly referred to as The Bridge. It is the home ground for Chelsea. The club has plans to expand capacity to 63,000 by the 2023–2024 season.
Opened in 1877, the stadium was used by the London Athletic Club until 1905, Chelsea have played their home games there ever since. It has undergone major changes over the years, most recently in the 1990s when it was renovated into a modern, all-seater stadium.
The capacity of Stamford Bridge is just under 42,000, making it the smallest amongst the current 'big five' clubs. Although the smallest of the big five, Stamford Bridge's owners have been investing a lot of time and money into a redevelopment of the stadium.
Over the past 10-15 years the investments have gone to hotels, the megastore, offices, residential buildings and 3 of the stands. Limitations on the development of the stadium will arise as there is limited available space for additions. Which could lead to the club rebuilding the stadium elsewhere as they continue to rebuild their squad.
Approximately 3,000 seats are made available for visiting supporters and they are located in the south east corner of the Shed End. Away fans are separated between the upper and lower tiers of the shed for league games whilst for cup games, the whole lower tier is generally given over. If demand is low then a much smaller section of both upper and lower tiers is optional.
There are no supporting pillars within the stadium which makes for fantastic views from all areas and leg room within the shed is ample. Refreshments are not overly expensive, and facilities are what you'd expect from one of the biggest clubs in England.
Several away fans drink in the pubs around the Earl's Court area, which is only a couple of tube stops away from Fulham Broadway station. The Courtfield Tavern, which is almost opposite the main entrance to Earls Court Tube Station, is a favourite with away supporters. Broudons outside Fulham Broadway is also recommended. There is a Harry Ramsdens fish and chip shop located just outside the entrance to the away end.
Parking is very limited around Stamford Bridge as you would expect. So, called football car parks that can charge upwards of £6 for the game are available but a more popular and cheaper choice for evening or Sunday games is to drive approximately 1 mile away from the stadium until you leave the residents only section.
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