Stamford Bridge – Venue Information
History Of The Stadium
Stamford Bridge stadium first opened on the site it still sits on in 1877. The ground was first used for athletics meets, but by 1904 was being used as a venue for professional football. The owners tried to sell the ground to nearby Fulham, but they turned down the offer and so the owners decided to found Chelsea FC to occupy the ground – and years later the West London teams are still bitter rivals.
Stamford Bridge’s current iteration was finished in 1998, with the ground being one of the most recognisable in the English Football League.
The original stadium at Stamford Bridge was made up of large banks, which were built using the excess earth which was removed from Piccadilly Lane. The away fans would sit next to the tunnel and the dug-outs in the East Stand but be moved further out up to the Shed end away from the players.
Structure and facilities
Stamford Bridge stadium has four stands which in total, have a capacity of 60,000 seats. The stadium consists of four stands which include The Matthew Harding Stand (North), East Stand, The Shed End (South) and The West End. Each of these stands has two tiers of seating and were all constructed within different/ separate extension plans.
The Matthew Harding Stand (North)
Previously known as the North Stand, The Matthew Harding Stand is located along the north side of the football pitch. The stand is now named after the former Chelsea player ‘Matthew Harding’. The stand has two tiers and holds most of the season ticket holders which therefore gives the ground a welcoming and outstanding atmosphere.
The East Stand
The East Stand is the only section of the stadium which is covered by a roof and is seen to be relatively modern. Known to be the heart of the stadium, as it hosts most of the popular locations in the stadium, such as the dressing rooms, conference rooms and the press centre.
The Shed End (South)
The Shed End Stand is located on the north side of the stadium. This stand was originally known as the Fulham Road End, but Chelsea supporters named it The Shed instead, eventually resulting in the club changing the name too. This stand is mainly where the loud fans congregate and celebrate their victories. In The Shed End stand, the view is known to be the best compared to the other three stands (another reason as to why the stand is so popular).
The West End Stand
The West End Stand is probably the most well-known stand at Stamford Bridge, due to the fact that it is the main face of the stadium. When fans arrive and enter the main gate, The West End Stand is the first thing they see.
Stamford Bridge is most well known as the home of Chelsea FC, but the stadium also has a number of other facilities. On-site there are two four-star hotels, a music venue and a Chelsea FC museum.
From the early days of the stadium until 1968, greyhound racing was a hugely popular event at Stamford Bridge. Back in the 1930s, the sport was much more popular than football, with prize funds far superseding those in the beautiful game. Rugby union and rugby league games have also been held at the ground in its time, as well as motorsport, American football. Cricket and baseball matches have both been held once each at the London stadium.
Despite all this, the ground has always been and will be known primarily for football. Being a West London cathedral to the sport, the ground has hosted far more than just games for Chelsea. The ground was the host for the FA Cup finals from 1920 until 1922, as well as being host to England on three occasions.
Come and watch Chelsea FC in action! Winners of the latest UEFA Champions League. Chelsea overcame the odds and beat Manchester City and succeeded in winning the Champions League. The team are also the very first which had won all three of Europe’s major club competitions!
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