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Matchday Experience at Chelsea FC – Stamford Bridge

I first went to Stamford Bridge in 1990 and since then it’s changed into an iconic football stadium. The team also got a lot more successful! 

Chelsea are one of England’s most successful teams, winning 2 Champions Leagues, 6 Premier League titles and 8 FA Cups. So many famous players have recently worn the famous blue shirt at Stamford Bridge, such as Ruud Gullit, Didier Drogba, John Terry, Frank Lampard and modern day stars like Cole Palmer. 

If you’re fortunate enough to have tickets to a Chelsea home game, it’s important to prepare for the experience that awaits you at Stamford Bridge. To ensure you make the most of this memorable occasion, here are some tips to guide you on your match day journey.

How do I buy tickets for Chelsea? 

Stamford Bridge is an electrifying place to watch football. However, with a capacity of just 41,000 getting tickets can be difficult. Tickets usually go on sale around 6-8 weeks before a match, initially to club members and, if there are tickets remaining they are made available for anyone to buy. 

Information on when tickets go on sale is available here – https://www.chelseafc.com/en/tickets/mens-tickets

Some reseller websites are authorised to sell Chelsea tickets, such as viagogo. Chelsea also provide match-day packages which start at £400. You might find people selling tickets for the game on matchday on the approach to Stamford Bridge from Fulham Broadway station but be careful when purchasing from resell sites or people selling tickets. 

Where to stay Close to Chelsea FC?

Millennium And Copthorne Hotels At Chelsea Football Club

Stamford Bridge actually has two hotels built into it – ideal for an overnight stay before the big match! 

The 4-star Copthorne Hotel and the Millennium Hotel offer a total of 231 guest rooms and are also within easy walking distance of some of London’s top attractions, making it a great choice not just for match day but for your whole trip.

ibis London Earls Court

The Ibis Earl’s Court’s is a 20 minute walk or one stop on the underground from Stamford Bridge. The hotel offers spacious, comfortable rooms including a work area and satellite TV.  Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel. 

No1 The Mansions By Mansley

No1 The Mansions London offers self-catering apartments situated within a 20 minute walk from Stamford Bridge. The apartments are tastefully decorated and all feature a comfortable king size bed, a modern kitchen and a living space in which to unwind after the match. 

How do I travel to Stamford Bridge?

The easiest way to travel to Stamford Bridge is definitely by public transport. Car parking spaces nearby are pretty much non-existent! 

The nearest tube station is Fulham Broadway on the District Line. The stadium is a ten minute walk from the station. Just follow the crowds! 

There are two Overground stations near to Stamford Bridge, West Brompton and Imperial Wharf, which are approximately a 15-minute walk from the stadium. 

There are two bus stops outside Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road. Supporters can get to the stadium using the number 14, 211 and 414 buses.

Where to eat and drink near Stamford Bridge?

Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill

Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill is situated at Stamford Bridge. The bar opens at 11 meaning you can get there early to soak up the match day atmosphere. It serves classic British food, like fish and chips and curry, and also has a focus on seasonal products and a good range of vegetarian options.   

The Butcher’s Hook

What better place to have a pre-match drink than the pub where Chelsea FC was actually founded! 

On 10 March 1905 the decision was made in this pub, called The Rising Sun back then, to start a football team to play in the newly built Stamford Bridge. The pub is directly opposite Stamford Bridge and is a fans favourite on match days. 

The Chelsea Pensioner 

The Chelsea Pensioner is only 200 metres from Stamford Bridge and proudly calls itself “The world’s number 1 Chelsea Fan Pub” It’s full of Chelsea memorabilia and a great place to experience the matchday atmosphere. 

The pub offers food, including award-winning Pieminister pies and huge SausageMan hotdogs.

La Pappardella

I ate in this great Italian restaurant after a Chelsea game earlier this year. It’s a ten minute walk from Stamford Bridge and offers great pizzas and pasta dishes. When I went it was quite busy but it was full of Chelsea fans celebrating victory! 

Best Mangal Fulham

Best Mangal uses the freshest ingredients and chargrills them to perfection to make “the finest kebabs in London”. They offer a special match day menu which is loved by Chelsea fans. It can get busy but service is quick. 

Harwood Arms

If you’re looking for a fancier meal on match day then the Harwood Arms is a good choice. Hidden away in the back streets of Fulham, the Harwood Arms is the only Michelin-starred pub in London. The award-winning pub champions the very best British produce with a focus on game and wild food The pub has it’s own rooftop garden where it grows the vegetables used on the menu. 

Stadium Experience and Amenities Guide:

Can I do a stadium tour at Stamford Bridge?

Yes, tours are available but not usually on a match day.  Take a seat in the home dressing room and pose for photos with the club’s trophies by joining a stadium tour. Here you can find my friend Danny Last’s photo from the stadium.

Booking in advance is highly recommended at www.chelseafc.com/tours.

You can even book a stadium tour with a Chelsea FC legend!

Does Chelsea have a museum at Stamford Bridge?

All stadium tours tickets include entry to the Chelsea FC Museum which tells the full story of the club from 1905 and showcases an incredible collection of shirts, medals, boots, artefacts, and ‘The Trophy Room’, which includes five Premier League titles, eight FA Cups, six Women’s Super League trophies and – arguably the most iconic of all – the 2012 and 2021 UEFA Champions League and 2021 FIFA Club World cup trophies.

Does Chelsea have a shop at Stamford Bridge?

The Chelsea Megastore is situated in the South Stand of Stamford Bridge and sells the latest shirts, training gear, fashion and accessories. You can also get your favourite players’ names and numbers printed onto your shirt in store. The megastore has articles from both the men’s and women’s teams.

The megastore is open on Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 – 17:00. 

There are also loads of stalls selling Chelsea merchandise on the walk from the Fulham Broadway station to the ground. 

What food and drinks are available inside Stamford Bridge?

The food inside the stadium is classic English football food like burgers, hot dogs, pies and sausage rolls. There’s also a vegetarian indian style bhaji burger, which I can definitely recommend!

What facilities are available for fans with special needs?

Chelsea has 335 seats available for ambulant disabled fans. The club offers  a complimentary ear piece for matchday commentary, which uses the Chelsea TV radio commentary feed.

The club also has a Sensory Room at Stamford Bridge. The room is pitch-side and provides a safe, controlled, and stress-free environment to children and adults with sensory needs to enjoy the match day experience. 

Matchday Hacks and Insider Tips:

Try and meet the players

Chelsea offer you the chance to get up close to the team as they arrive at Stamford Bridge. You can take photos of the players and maybe even get a high five as they walk into the stadium. 

Another way to try and spot the players is by hanging around the Britannia Gate entrance at Stamford Bridge and watch as the Chelsea stars arrive for the game.

Some players live close to the ground and actually walk home after matches. Keep a lookout for people trying to keep a low profile while surrounded by security guards. 

Get cheap food and drink

If you get into Stamford Bridge early you can make huge savings on food and drink. For the first 30 minutes after the stadium opens on a match day a pint of beer, pie or hot dog cost £3.50 and soft or hot drinks are only £1.50. Bargain! 

Get your message on the big screen

Make your day special by surprising your friends or family with a message, or photo, on the big screen. Just post a messages on social media using the #cfcmatchday hashtag on the morning of the game and your message might be shown on the big screen before kick-off or during half-time. 

Pre-order your refreshments and avoid the queues

You can use the CFC Express website or app pre order your food and drink. You can pre-order up to nine hours before kick-off and pick your order up from a collection point in the stadium on match day. 

Don’t forget your credit card

Stamford Bridge is a cashless stadium. This means you can only pay by credit card in the Megastore and to buy refreshments in the stadium.  

Last Notes about Trip to Chelsea FC

In this article I’ve covered how to get your match tickets, how to book a hotel room in a football stadium and even how to meet a Chelsea player! 

Whether you’re a lifelong Chelsea fan or a sports traveler on a trip to the great city of London this guide has set you up for your next trip.