Stamford Bridge (stadium)

  • Football matches of Chelsea FC (since 1905)
  • Football Games of the London Monarchs (1997-1998)
  • Finals of the UEFA Women's Champions League 2012/13

Stamford Bridge is a football stadium in Fulham, London, which is mainly used by Chelsea.


The stadium was officially opened on 28 April 1877. It was designed as a pure athletic stadium. Football should not be played here. Due to its location in Fulham close to the center of the Fulham Road Fulham FC was first offered to play its football games in this stadium. Since he refused, pulled instead in 1905, the newly created Chelsea one. Since then, the stadium has a number of renovations behind. The last step was completed on 19 August 2001. The stadium is a pure football arena today. Particularly well known is the south stand the " Shed End", which was previously reserved exclusively for Chelsea fans, but now serves as a guest block in parts.

Stamford Bridge was opened on 28 April 1877 home of the London Athletic Club. The Chelsea FC was founded in 1905 and has been playing his first game on September 4, 1905 against Liverpool FC in a long time London's largest club stadium. In the game against city rivals Arsenal FC on October 12, 1935 82 905 spectators attended for an everlasting record number of visitors. At the time, the stadium was used multifunctional, the track was maintained until the 90s of the 20th century.

The oldest preserved part grandstand Stamford Bridge is the 1974- completed East Stand, which was the first dreirangige Tribune of Great Britain. Until 20 years later, the modernization work at the home of the "Blues " have continued. The new zweirangige North Stand was completed in 1994 and inaugurated the opposite south stand where once stood the standing of the legendary " Shed End" after a year of construction 1996. As the last of the four stands of the 13,432 seater West Stand was opened to the VIP facilities in August 2001. As one of the first football stadiums ever Stamford Bridge received a coat development with residential homes, hotels and offices - behind the "Chelsea Village " in the southeast, the stadium is scarcely noticeable from the outside.

A further expansion seems impossible because there are limited and the area is now built up to the edge. In addition, would be meet with the available access driveways not more government regulations. The playing field as such and the Association include the name "Chelsea Pitch Owners ' property rights have thus spread over numerous small shareholders.

On May 23, 2013, the final of the UEFA Women's Champions League was played at Stamford Bridge.


The stadium has a capacity of 41 798 spectators. There are four almost completely covered seat grandstands available: The Matthew Harding Stand, the West Stand, the East Stand and Shed End. The mean rank of the West and East stands are reserved spectators who have booked a hospitality package for the game day. The lower rank of the East stand is the family area of ​​Stamford Bridge. Get the away fans, depending on the number of tickets, a portion of the Shed End. Most season ticket holders sit in the Matthew Harding Stand and Shed End.

Transport links

You can reach the stadium best by public transport, as very few parking in the stadium area. The London Underground stops at Fulham Broadway, which can be reached from all directions.