Stamford Bridge located in London , England is home stadium to Chelsea Football Club . The capacity is 41,841, making it the eighth largest ground in the Premier League. KSS Design Group designed the complete redevelopment of Stamford Bridge Stadium and its hotels, megastore, offices and residential buildings.
Stamford Bridge , Chelsea‘s home stadium has an unique history as the team itself. Stamford Bridge officially opened on 28 April 1877. For the first 28 years of its existence it was used by the London Athletic Club as an arena for athletics meetings and not for football at all.
Stamford Bridge was designed by Archibald Leitch and initially included a 120 yard long stand on the East side which could hold 5000 spectators. The capacity was originally planned to be 100,000 and was the second largest in country behind Crystal Palace. Initially the stadium was offered to Fulham FC to play but they turn down the offer and the new Chelsea Football Club , born in 1905 , moved into the new Stamford Bridge stadium.
The current capacity stands at 41,841 and the ground has gone from being a huge oval shape to 4 sides close to the pitch. In the past 15 years every part from the old stadium has been changed with only the huge old Shed wall remaining of the original stadium. Other improvements have been made with the building of 2 four star hotels, 3 restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities, underground car park, health club and business center.
There is a great desire to increase the capacity of the stadium but no solution has been found to meet the various planning and safety requirements to make this a reality. Under Roman Abramovich’s control, the club has announced that wants to extend Stamford Bridge to around 55,000 seats , however, its location in a heavily built-up part of Inner London near a main road and two railway lines makes this very difficult.
Chelsea Museum or the Centenary Museum opened in 2005 to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the club. The museum is located in the former Shed Galleria. Tourists are able to visit the WAGs lounge and then watch an introductory video message from the vice-president Richard Attenborough. They are then guided decade by decade through the club’s history seeing old programmes, past shirts, José Mourinho’s coat and other memorabilia. A motto on the wall of the museum reads “I am not from the bottle. I am a special one.”, a reference to Mourinho’s famous quote when he signed as coach for Chelsea Football Club .
Stamford Bridge Facts
Full name – Stamford Bridge
Location – Fulham Road, London
Opened – 28 April 1877
Renovated – 1904–1905, 1990s
Operator – Chelsea F.C.
Architect – Archibald Leitch (1887)
Capacity – 41,841
Field dimensions – 103 x 67 meters (112.6 x 73.3 yards)