This was one of our highlights of the trip! i'm not even a football/ soccer fan, but I can see how this is a must see place if you are. Our tour guide, Elvis, was AWESOME, he was funny, so informative and his passion for the team and the sport was contagious.
It really are the details that make tours awesome and this one definitely has that (go and see what I mean)!
If you are looking for memorable gifts and Chelsea swag, the gift shop is unreal! You'll also want to take a tonne of photos so leave some room on the camera!
Great tour for kids, and visit the museum if you have the time because there are some fun interactive activities there as well.
Included with London Pass (highly recommend)
Beautiful stadium. Take the tour so you can see everything. And don't buy anything at the small giftshop where you start the tour, at the end is a massive two story gift shop. They have everything for kids, to women, to boys, to mens, to toys, to personalized jersey, etc. I wish i could watch a game here, its a really beautiful stadium. Oh, and out front they have posters on the walls where you can take pictures with. If your a Chelsea fan def check this place out, and if your buddy is an Arsenal fan, thats not to far away either :). Watch out because the tours end pretty early (like 5pm or something).
Tour is average they don't let you on the field.
Didn't come here for a match - we rented the venue for a private conference and loved it. We used the great hall for our keynote and meals. The food was very good. We then used the Millennium suites for the conference rooms. Our staff room overlooked the pitch which was nice.
Would recommend this venue if your looking for a conference. Not much of a football fan myself but if your a Chelsea fan this is Valhalla.
WOW. Cannot believe I was actually HERE! What an experience! Lovely, wonderful stadium, beautifully integrated into the neighborhood. EXCELLENT mega-store. OMG.
Okay, I'm a major Chelsea fan, so maybe I am biased, but I was really just completely impressed with this place. A classy, classy operation.
One of the highlights of my recent trip to London was to tour the home of Chelsea Football Club, Stamford Bridge.
The tour of the Bridge included access to home and away locker rooms, press rooms, different seats around the stadium, club museum and walking out the entrance tunnel. The stadium itself was built up in pieces and grew into the modern field that it is today.
As a diehard fan of the Blues, this was a great experience for me. Kris also really enjoyed herself by seeing all the photos of Torres around the stadium. She saw a different side of him later at the pub, when he flubbed most of his chances and tripped over his feet drawing the ire of the supporters.
Sorry, back on topic. The tour gave us an interesting backstage view into the life of top footballers. It must be quite the experience to walk out of the tunnel to the sound of a rocking stadium.
The museum contains many of the trophies, gear and memorabilia of Chelsea FC. Currently on display are the FA Cup and the Champions League trophy that you can take a photo with. I guess I was expecting a little more of the history of the club to be covered during the tour. It was more or less about the stadium and seems that is left for you to explore at the museum. That small gripe aside, it was a great experience and would be fun for even people that aren't football fans.
Chelsea FC European Champions!
Staying Subjective with not be possible on football ground (stadium) reviews on yelp. Brits are very passionate and well, opinionated about their national sport.
stadium: a mash-up of stands from different ages, when I was little the west stand was empty and you could see the building across the way. the design is nothing spectacular.
fans: people who aren't Chelsea fans say that Chelsea only sing when they're winning but I've noticed that @ other clubs too, its just that Chelsea's stadium is so spread out its hard for all the stands to sing in unison. That actually pisses me off. I mean, I know all the songs but i'm not gonna be the lonely american guy to start singing:
Fuck'em all, fuck 'em all,
Man U, West Ham Liverpool,
Cuz we are the Chelsea and we are the best,
We are the Chelsea so Fuck all the rest
I tried once while I was sitting west stand upper and I realized that I was in the 'international area' and not one other person knew the songs. so I wasn't even going to try the classic:
CAREFREEE...WHEREVER WE MAY BE WE ARE THE FAMOUS CFC AND WE DONT GIVE A FUCK WHOEVER YOU MAY BE...one.
I mean, 85% of all the songs start in the North Stand. Fans of the north stand seem to be the 'real fans' and I always desire to sit (well, stand) there everytime I go and sit in the west or south stands.
it's strange writing a yelp review about a football stadium,
As an American, I obvioulsy see it from an outsiders perspective despite the fact that i've been going to Chelsea games since 1992 and have seen the Blues under Ken Bates (nasty corrupt owner who was super shady and such) to becoming a european contender, finally doing well and finishing it under a flashy manager and a wealthy owner. It seems nowadays, Chelsea is keeping it on the down low with a boring manager who shows little emotion and has no flair for exciting football, oh and obviously the fact that the owner no longer wants to spend so much money on the team...
I understand Stamford Bridge itself as a stadium is nothing magnificent but the experience of attending for an American who is used to American sporting events that are a completely different bag all together, is undeniably amazing and unique.
On a recent trip to London, I was able to fulfill a dream of mine - go to Stamford Bridge to see my favorite football (soccer) team play: Chelsea Football Club. Getting regular tickets for the game were proving impossible, so I opted for a hospitality package. That got me a 2-course dinner (rack of lamb with potatoes and steamed haricot verts, plus desert), free wine and some other stuff in a private lounge, in addition to drinks and snacks at half and full time. The package got me a great seat in the middle tier on the West Stands. Now onto the business...
It was nothing short of an epic experience. To be there - a place that I have watched on TV for so many years was amazing - surreal to say the least. To be in the crowd, hearing the songs being sung, the passion of the real Chelsea supporters was something I will never forget.
CAREFREE, WHEREVER YOU MAY BE, WE ARE THE FAMOUS C.F.C....
With seats for Chelsea these days being pretty hard to come by, I was lucky that a friend of mine took me along to a match using his boss's 2 season tickets for that day as he was out of the country.
I was impressed with the redevelopment of Fulham Broadway station. I remember it being a small station that really struggled with the volumes of people on match days.
Despite the eye-watering price of the season tickets, we were seated in one corner of the ground. The best thing was that we were able to see the Chelsea subs warm up in that corner and there was a bit of friendly banter.
The game itself wasn't anything to write home about with a 0-0 final score and the only 2 goal scoring opportunities being at the other end to us. The big TVs showed good replays.
That's the danger with football - there's not guarantee that your money will buy you good entertainment, unlike a night at the theatre. Fortunately, I was there on a freebie but if I had paid, I'm not sure I would have felt that I got full value for money.
However, the stadium is modern, comfortable and the public transport experience much improved.
Putting aside the team that plays here and rating the venue alone, I was pretty impressed with Stamford Bridge.
This an unbiased review as I'm not particularly a fan of Chelsea. I don't dislike them either, so my feeling for them is indifferent. That said, I really wanted to visit the Bridge as I see it on TV constantly (as only the big 4 are only showed in the states) and I also see it all the time in 3D in FIFA09 from all the band wagoners who use the team in the game.
Nevertheless, it has become one of the biggest and historic venues for football, so it is definitely worth a visit for me simply as a fan of the sport rather than to preach Chelsea football.
Every seat has a fairly good view of the pitch, and stands are steep, allowing you to more easily see over the people in front of you (especially if you're short and they're tall). I especially like how the pitch is elevated from the first row of seats, however I'm not sure what it'd be like to actually watch a match from that level.
All seats are relatively close to the pitch, so I don't think even a nosebleed seat would be too bad. Stadia in the UK aren't like stadiums in the US... as Britons prefer to be up closer to their team, giving a more intimate feel. US stadiums create what seem like 10000 yards between row 1 and the action simply for security purposes. It's just a matter of the different cultures.
Even the boxes are luxurious... and I could just imaging watching a match from there... it's a shame matches only last 2 hours.
Dressing rooms are big and roomy (in European terms) as you definitely won't find anything like an American team's home dressing rooms. Those things are humongous and more like clubhouses.
I wish I could watch a match here, as I'm sure the atmosphere would be amazing, but... again, I'm rating the venue.
I feel a bit bad about reviewing stadiums and also a bit torn as to whether or not football stadiums should be reviewed. You tend to get a lotttt of bias.
Look below for examples...
That being said, I'm not biased. I like Chelsea, but only because one of my closest friends supports it until death do they part. I'm actually quite certain that if she got a papercut, her blood would be blue. Whenever I go to her house, the first thing I see when I walk in is a massive Chelsea banner.
Nevertheless, she failed to convert me into being a fan. However, she did manage to force - I mean... persuade - me to visit Stamford Bridge with her.
It was a fine stadium - clean, well kept, and the employees there were all decently polite! Plus it's in London so relatively convenient location if I do say so myself.
Unfortunately, there was nothing too spectacular about it. Nothing really impressed me or struck me home as "wow... this is amazing". I guess it enormously depends upon your view on Chelsea though because my best friend was in absolute tears.
To each her/his own.
It's not really fair to criticise poor old moneybags Chelsea for being an expensive ground. The dubious honour of most expensive ticket in English football goes, of course, to Arsenal, but then they do have pay off that big mortgage on the Emirates.
The Bridge has had an awful lot of work done to it over the years. In fact, if you'll excuse the brief analogy, where the Emirates Stadium is a fresh-faced piece of jailbait, the Bridge is Joan Collins. Speaking personally, I'd rather play Scrabble with a woman that knows what she's doing, but that's just me.
When the previous regime bought it back in the early 80s, it was a nasty old piece of terracing sitting incongruously in a very expensive part of London. Mr Bates and Mr Abramovich have, in the last 20-odd years, performed a fair bit of cosmetic surgery on the place and now it's surrounded by all the accoutrements of a modern club: Megastore, several bars, restaurant or two you get the idea.
Now a note for the non-Londoner or non-footie regular: don't turn up on a Saturday afternoon expecting to get a ticket. It's not 1976, and the majority of games these days are sold out well before the match. If you are going to give it a go, choose a game with relatively unfashionable opposition. You might manage to find a ticket for Middlesbrough. You're not going to stroll into the Liverpool game, though.
Inside, it's tight - as all footie stadia are - but you get a wee bit of padding under your behind and the Upper Stands even get space heaters when it's chilly out. As a Leeds-based acquaintance of mine said when sat under just those heaters for an evening European match, You lot don't know you're born.
Emirates aside - and this is an assumption on my part, as I'm damned if the Arsenal board will ever see the colour of MY money - the Bridge is the most well-appointed ground in the capital. And you can wander out and get a drink and something to eat in the reasonably savoury environs of Fulham when you're done. Which is more than you can say for the Holloway Road.
Going to Stamford Bridge is a bit like walking around Tesco. It has everything you need, all the ingredients, but you can't help but find it all a little soulless and boring.
The most shocking thing is that Chelsea can be in a major cup game or a vitally important league game against a rival; yet the atmosphere will continually resemble that of a beach resort. Football legend has it that the fans are too polite to cause a ruckus and generally just go there to watch a spot of ball kicking. As for the real reasons; I don't know. But if you're hoping for a good atmosphere, sit in the away stand.
Structurally, I kind of like Stamford Bridge; it's a mish-mash of new and old stands. One stand in particular, to the side of the pitch, is gigantic and I fear for the people up the top; who must be missing out on Chelsea's recent descent into shocking home form.
Transport links here aren't too bad; which can often be a problem at London Stadiums even when we supposedly have one of the best transport systems in the world.
If you're a football fanatic in town looking to catch a game, I'd recommend going somewhere else; namely White Hart Lane or Upton Park for atmosphere, or Wembley for architecture or The Emirates Stadium for a nap. All in all, Stamford Bridge has the crime of being forgettable; which no football stadium should be.
This is a nice stadium. There's no denying there. And I'm not a Chelsea fan at all. Quite the opposite, in fact. I hate this team with a passion. So why on earth would I even set foot in here?
Two words: Corporate hospitality.
I had a nice time here with my colleagues, I'll admit. But I found the experience a little lacking compared to my experience at the Emirates. The serving staff weren't as professional (they seemed confused) and we got a just wine and beer (whereas we were provided with champagne at the other stadium).
The box was also smaller compared to the one at the Emirates. It seemed positively cramped!
Still, it was good fun, we had a good view, and it was definitely a cracking game.
Very easy to get to and from, from my one experience. I particularly enjoyed the pre match atmosphere, walking to the stadium through streets teaming with fans in good spirits. A romanticised idea of the pre match I have seen on TV but not an experience I have encountered with other matches I have been to.
The stadium feels more like a proper football ground than the Emirates does. Could have done without the annoying bloke not far behind us who kept trying to start complicated and unfunny chants that luckily no-one joined in with. People did join in with his quite harsh and rude criticism of the somewhat selfish Daniel Sturridge.
Torres got a lot of good support and finally rewarded the fans with two goals, his first in ages. This meant the mood amongst the fans was good, adding to the atmosphere.
This is one of the prettiest stadiums I've ever been to and I got to see Chelsea whoop Swansea's butt! Such a fun and unique experience checking out English football. It's within walking distance of chic Chelsea in London so there's plenty to do after the game is over. The only bad thing about English football is that you can't drink in sight of the field! Luckily, we got to take advantage of the pregame lunch and I enjoyed a cider there. If you go when it's slightly chilly, definitely bring a sweater or something warm!
Great tour of Stamford Bridge.
The guide was very talkative and gave a few interesting points about the stadium and history of the club.
Only thing that would have been better is walking onto the pitch (but I understand why they didn't allow it).
Very good guided tour of the home stadium of Chelsea Football Club. Informative and fun. We got to see the press box, locker rooms, and a few different seating areas. Well worth it if you are a football fan.....and I don't mean American football.
I took a tour of Stamford Bridge. We went into the lockers both home and away. We also saw their jerseys and when they give their press conferences after the game. It was a really good tour.
I also went to a game. That was a really good experience. They were yelling out Chelsea fight songs, and it was a experience I could say I will remember forever!
Chelsea Chelsea Chelsea!
Well guys, I AM a Chelsea supporter, and I didn't mind forking out £50 to sit in the rafters and watch my team thrash Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0! I took my Dad who was stoked because he hasn't seen Chelsea play live in over 30 years since emigrating to Australia. He has bad knees and the Stewards were great, they really looked after us. Called us at the end of the game and took us down the members lifts - we got to walk out where all the kids were waiting for autographs.
Chelsea's megastore has so much more than Adidas or any of the sports stores in Oxford St, we got a new polo shirt for only £20 - noice!
And the rafters did give us a great view, there was no shortage of atmosphere and blasphemous chanting, which we wholeheartedly joined in!
No matter what team (although getting your team's away game is a hell of a lot cheaper) a trip to the footy is a British essential for any traveller!
After taking a stadium tour, I can respect Stamford Bridge for what it tries to capture.
+1 star for retaining the original, outer wall around the stadium, and trying to keep some history.
Inside, you quickly feel the lack of soul and tradition. They try to build a sense of longstanding history, but this a bit of a farce. Besides the recent run of silverware, and the few won in the 50's and 60's, Chelsea pretty much disappears off the face of the planet in between. You may be able to buy the best product and put it on the pitch, but you can't buy history.
We later got to walk out near the pitch, which was nicely kept. Another star must be given for the hawk they introduced. Evidently, this is how a perfect pitch is maintained. If any vermin with wings approaches the pitch, whether near the ground or in the surrounding sky, the hawk will take care of it. I'm all for this, but i'm sure some animal rights activist is crying him/herself to sleep over it.
All in all, I'm glad I got to venture into this stadium, but I probably wouldn't return.
Being a Chelsea fan i am rather biased, but then i am not just concentrating on that fact. I think the surroundings and meeting rooms etc are very clean modern and fit for purpose really. There is a wide range of food places etc and the toilets (which i were dreading going in) were clean!!
A lovely modern stadium from the outside, although it has had alot of work done to it over the years i still think the inside seating etc is still a bit dated - but then there isnt much more you can do with seats realli! Great location being so close to the train station, and the shop is also a good spot to have a wonder around, great pics of 'legends' around the edge of the stadium, and helpful staff always there to lend a hand.
I thought it was a great day out myself, although i havent been to many of the bigger clubs stadiums i would say that chelsea is the best so far i have seen. Prices can be a bit OTT for some games, but then all clubs do it - and its a price you pay to enjoy your team. You dont have to buy them if you dont want to, and i know a few people who opt for that option, but then as has been said they arent the most expensive tickets going!
The walk into Stamford bridge can be strangely quiet for a Premiership ground. Obviously it depends where you park but for the number of people in the ground you would expect it to be heaving. Unfortunately I didn't think the same could be said for leaving the ground itself - it all seemed a bit too squashed and with the merchandise vans parked up at the exit there is even less room.
I've been there twice with a Chelsea fan (I'm not especially a football fan at all, just like the free day out!) and have been mildly disappointed each time. I've not been to that many grounds in this country but as guernican says, it has had a lot of work done over the years but it kind of looks that way, all bolted on and not quite right.
Went to my first football match here and had an awesome time. The locals who sat next to me were fun to chat with and the whole experience walking through the neighborhood up to the stadium was an incredible part of the whole match day experience. Hope I get a chance to go back sometime.
Stamford Bridge pales in comparison to most other stadiums in London. It's outdated already, the outside looks like something straight out of the 90s..which it is. It has none of the history of the older grounds on London and looks like a joke next to the Emirates.
I do love the fact that you can watch every home game in the pub outside - if you pay (last time I went it was a tenner), so this can be good for those who can't afford the ridiculous prices of the games..
Beautiful place, beautiful game and we get special one back soon
I not really a Chelsea fan but Stamford Bridge is a beautifully engineered facility. It might be a bit old but it carries that authentic football spirit that the fens just love. I went on a 70 minute tour a while back and I was absolutely amazed. Without a doubt one of my favourite stadiums in England.
Great place to visit! I attended the match against Shakhtar Donetsk for the CL and it was a great show where Chelsea won in the last minutes so much thrill! Moreover, the staff there were very polite and helpful they guided me to my place and ask me if I needed something else. I have to admit that maybe the price of the tickets are a bit overpriced but I would definitely come here again.
the original plan was to travel to anfield for the big game vs man u.
alas, the game being played on a sun put that plan to rest.
so what games can i watch this sat in london?
west ham vs sunderland? dont think so! but if i had, then i would have been rewarded with an extra goal:(
chelsea vs stoke? why not? torres, crouch, charlie adam and owen are all ex liverpool players!:)
thus, the quest for a ticket began.
many nay sayers claimed it would be a futile exercise.
in blatant defiance, an early visit to the ticket booth at stamford bridge, on match day, took me down fulham road.
a hopeful me was pleasantly surprised when the ticketing staff told me he had only 2 tickets at the west stand upper available!
great, i only needed one:)
it costs £70 but i was more than happy to pay.
he also advised me to be at the stadium an hour before kickoff.
i then asked when is the earliest time that one can get in and was told two hours before.
in the end, the singaporean in me, led me into the stadium one and a half hours before kickoff.
no hassle and no crowd.
tv screens line the walls along the f&b areas showing the goals filled swansea vs everton game.
i checked out their f&b at half time and it was nothing to shout about.
haphazard queues could be better managed IMHO.
got myself a plain hot dog and a bottle of water for £6.
dog was hot and tender to the bite without being excessively salty.
i guess i was cold and hungry at 3.45pm having also skipped lunch.
toilets were clean and airy.
seats were new and comfy with cushioning as opposed to the wooden ones at anfield.
why do people always get their seats wrong?
cant they follow the correct row then arrive at the correct seat number??
how difficult is that???
at least 3 cases happened right in front of me!
the game left chelsea fans frustrated for most parts.
but the luck of being european champions meant they managed to pull out a 1-0 win in the end.
having been to anfield, the passion and atmosphere here does not even come close to the anfield experience!
exiting the stadium was orderly but do avoid the lane that leads to the store where most fans will converge and leave only one third of that lane available for each direction of travel.
Chelsea are a strange team, not least in the sense they attract some of the most diverse sets of supporters. At least at the Emirates you can rely on the person sitting next to you to work in the media, at Upton Park for them to drive a white van. But down 'the Bridge', you never know if an ex-pat blue-chip millionaire or a west-end eel-slurping cockney will be in the adjoining seat. Thus the atmosphere can be a little erratic - great when the Blues are on top, but as quiet as a library when things aren't going their way. At least the football is generally of a good quality, with some of the world's biggest stars playing for the club. There is also a Marco-Pierre White restaurant in the complex, as well as a hotel and bar. Ticket prices are high and difficult to get through official means, particularly for the bigger matches.
A monument to all that is crass and terrible about modern football. Roman Abromovich used his millions to make Chelsea Premier League champions, but the club is still short on history and long on aspiration. Check out the ticket prices too. Does the club want rows of empty seats at the Bridge once the recession really takes hold? Unfortunately, I had to sit with the home fans when I was last here. I liked the air of menace, but really there is nothing special about the fans, the ground, or the atmosphere. Still the club restaurant is one of the few places in Chelsea where you are guaranteed a table on a Saturday night.
I love going to stamford bridge. The stadium itself is giant and their are lots of great places to eat and shop like the new frankey's resteraunt and the good old chelsea megastore. The other great advantage is that their is a special family area with a couple of xbox's behind the seating area. Their are also lots of great events taking place like the new christmas carol concert. It really is a great stadium to visit whether for a match or just for a touur through the great museum and players changing room.
This is the stadium for Chelsea Football Club. When I went here I did not see any football as I went for a meeting but the stadium itself is worth writing about. It is very modern and very beautiful. We had a suite overlooking the pitch which was very large and built for royalty. Around the stadium the ground are really nice with lovely restaurants, including one of Marco Pierre Whites. It is definately worth a visit to the stadium and to the shop if you like football. It is extremely close the station, not even a 2 minute walk.
I don't support Chelsea, but I can admit that they are a decent football team. However their stadium size is about half of the capacity of Manchester United, and their ticket prices are also higher.
A fantastic stadium which has been recently re-vamped with the large sums of money coming Chelsea's way. On machdays the place is absolutely buzzing as the fans are brilliant and supportive and toe football is the best in the league. On non-match days the megastores are open and there are tours around the staduim which are exciting for children and adults alike. Absolutely a brilliant place to visit!
As much as i dislike chelsea i have to say there ground is a very decent one. i've played on it in a 7 aside competition with mates b4 and watch Chelsea Youth VS Liverpool Youth in the F.A. Youth Cup a couple of seasons ago. would visit again
Okay, whilst I'm tempted to not give it any stars I've decided I'm a grown up and can admit that it's actually quite a nice stadium (and besides, it's not like I'm talking about white hart lane here!).
I've been here a few times now, in the away end of course - none of that fraternising with the enemies nonsense - and every time I've been, I've enjoyed myself.
Luckily tickets have to be bought so far in advance that by the time you actually get to the match you've pretty much forgotten the extortionate amount of money you splashed out for it.
The stadium itself -
not as good to look at as my stadium is(!) but very well laid out. It's extrememly close to the station and despite what other people have told me, i found parking fairly simple and hassle free the times i've driven.
Toilets and facilities inside the ground are well equipped and clean. Kiosks were way overpriced but hardly surprising when you think about the fact this is Chelsea we're talking about.
The inside felt very cramped, when I was seated in the lower stand it felt almost claustrophobic as I was near the back and I had the ceiling about 6 inches above my head - good view anyway.
Atmosphere - amazing in the away end that is!
After the game is hilarious, on your way to the station/car you will have to walk down the road lined either side with the Police holding back all the 'up for it' chelsea fans who are trying to get to you i love it!!
Had tickets to see a game at Stamford Bridge recently, compared to other stadiums I have been to, I was not that impressed. Any feelings towards Chelsea and the actions of its players and owner aside, the stadium does not exude a feeling of footballing history and the atmosphere during the game was rather flat. Fans were rather subdued during large chunks of the match, or even quiet at times, it felt like a museum or library to some extent.
In terms of accessibility and convenience, it has to be one of the more accessible stadiums, being a short walk from Fulham Broadway and the small shopping center provides some alternatives for a quick bite, but that alone does not make a good stadium.
Nice stadium. Kind of small or such a club but great atmosphere
It's far away from my hole, but I love to travel to Stamford Bridge and watch the greatest team ever. Blues forever in my heart!
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