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Stamford Bridge - Opening: 1877  

Stamford Bridge officially opened on the 28th of April 1877.

The owners hired architect Archibald Leitch to design a new stadium.

Stamford Bridge got almost completely rebuilt in 1905, and was offered to Fulham FC. Fulham turned the offer down and newly formed Chelsea FC moved in instead.

Stamford Bridge at that time consisted of one covered seating stand and a vast open bowl of terraces covering the other three sides. An estimated 100,000 people could fit into the stadium.

Few changes were made until 1930, when new terraces were built at the Shed End, and, nine years later, when a small seating stand was built at the North End.

Stamford Bridge recorded its highest attendance in 1935 during a match against Arsenal when a total of 82,905 fans attended the match.

In 1965, the terraces of the West Stand were replaced by a new covered seating stand. Redevelopments continued in the mid 1970s when the old main stand was demolished and replaced by the new East Stand.

The construction of the new East Stand turned out to have such an effect on Chelsea’s finances though, that the club was almost forced into bankruptcy. The Stamford Bridge site was sold to property developers in order to pay off some debts, which almost resulted in Chelsea being evicted and forced to ground share with Fulham or QPR.

The club finally won back ownership in 1992, however no changes were made in the years in between. In the meantime, the Taylor report had been published and Stamford Bridge was in urgent need for redevelopment.

Works started in 1994 with the demolition of the North terraces, which were replaced with a new seating stand. Soon after, the Shed End terraces suffered the same fate.

Reconstruction of the West Stand started in 1997 and was, with some delays, completed in 2001. At the same time the East Stand had undergone an extensive refurbishment.

Capacity has remained rather limited though, and Chelsea therefore has the ambition to either expand Stamford Bridge, or move to a complete new stadium. As the stadium lies hemmed in by housing, a possible expansion will be difficult and expensive, and the club has therefore been exploring possible sites in West London for a new stadium. The club recently expressed interest in the Battersea Power Station site, but their bid failed.

Directions

Stamford Bridge is located in central London in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The stadium lies slightly less than 2 miles south-west of Hyde Park and the Harrods Store, and less than 3 miles south-west of Buckingham Palace.

The nearest Metro station is Fulham Broadway, which is on the District Line. One can get to Fulham Broadway by taking a Wimbledon-bound train from Earl’s Court station, which is on the Circle and Piccadilly Line. Earl’s Court station itself is also within walking distance of the stadium (20 minutes).

Stamford Bridge can also be reached by London Overground rail. Both West Brompton and Imperial Wharf stations are a 15-minute walk away from the stadium.

Various buses pass the stadium on Fulham Road, which include line 14 (from Euston Square to Putney), line 211 (from Waterloo Station to Hammersmith), and line 414 (from Maida Vale to Putney Bridge).

Other lines that pass in the vicinity of the stadium are bus 11 (from Liverpool Street Station), 28 (Kensal Rise),  296 (Ladbroke Grove and Clapham Junction), and 391 (Richmond).

Chelsea does not recommend arriving by car on matchdays as no parking is available. On non-matchdays limited paid parking is available underneath the stadium.

From the M25 take the M4 (which turns into the A4) into the city.  At Earl’s Court turn right onto Earl’s Court Road, and after about a mile right onto Fulham Road. After a few hundred metres the stadium will be on your right.

Address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS

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