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STAMFORD BRIDGE
 
Stamford Bridge has been a League ground for 115 seasons;
from July 1st, 1905 to the current day .

Stamford Bridge was the 77th
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 41,837

Year opened 1905

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
Opened on April 28th, 1877 as the running track for the London Athletic Club the ground was sold in 1904 to Mr Gus Mears, who constructed a sports stadium to host cycling and athletics as well as football. A 5,000 seat stand was installed on the east side and a large oval shaped embankment built around the remainder of the ground. Chelsea FC was formed to occupy the ground and following election to the Football League the banking was expanded to raise the nominal capacity to 80,000. Although it was used for a variety of sports the only alterations in this period were the installation of a cover at the south end and a bizarre 2,500 seat stand on stilts in the north east corner.

In 1945 a gate of 74,496 was recorded for the friendly fixture against Moscow Dynamo but this was undoubtedly the largest attendance at the ground as 100,000 were estimated to have gained access, legally or otherwise. The first post war improvement was the construction of a seated stand on the west side in 1965. The stand on the east side was demolished in 1972 with a new three-tier all seat stand opening on the site in 1974 and, in the 1990s, new all seat stands, with suspended roofs were built at each end, corner stands installed and in 2001 the stand on the west side was rebuilt as a two-tier structure giving an all-seat capacity of 42,449 at the start of the 2007/8 season. The pitch size was 113 x 74 yards.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Main phone number: 0871 984 1955
Ticket office: 0871 984 1905
Ticket prices: The price of ticket varies so go on to their web site and buy your tickets on line
 
If driving to ground: If you are going to drive to the ground then but it better to park at Heathrow Airport or Watford Junction and take the tube in its easier to get to the game for a neutral. From The North, East or West Use the M25 to take you round to junction 15 and turn off onto the M4 towards London, follow the M4 which becomes the A4 up to Hammersmith. Stay on it over the Hammersmith flyover and for a further 1.5 miles before turning off for Earls Court. Go past Earls Court station and down the one way system until you hit Fulham Road, turn right at the traffic lights. Go straight on for 600 yards and the ground is on your right. Parking is difficult very close to the ground so you may want to look a bit further away. From The South Take the M25 to Junction 12 and merge onto the M3 follow the M3 to the end then follow onto the A316 through Richmond and 6 roundabouts till just before Hammersmith Cemetery on the left at the lights take a left into Lower Richmond Road and go on through three roundabouts and just after St Marys Church at the crossroads take a left into Castelnau/A306 and continue on over Hammersmith Bridge to cross the river. Follow the road under the A4 then turn right into Hammersmith Road then after 100 yards take a slight right into Butterwick at Loreol then at the lights take a left onto the A4 and follow it for a mile then at the lights before the metro Bank (on the right) take a right then at the Fulham Bar take a right onto Fulham Road then take second right after the Esso Station to the ground.
 
If using Public Transport: The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway but you can also use Earls Court and Parsons Green these are all on the District Line. The nearest overground train station is West Brompton. It is around a 12 minute walk to the ground from West Brompton station. Turn right outside the station, then right again under the Arch into Brompton Cemetery. Walk on through the Cemetery and Stamford Bridge is five minutes in front of you. If it is a night game then turn right after the cemetery into Finborough Road then pas then bear right into Ilford Road past the theatre. After a half-mile, turn right onto the Fulham Road the ground is on the left after 200 yards.
 
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