Chelsea stadium guide: Everything home and away fans need to know visiting Stamford Bridge

The Champions League winners will be looking forward to entertaining Blues fans once again.

<p>A general view outside Stamford Bridge  stadium (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)</p>

A general view outside Stamford Bridge stadium (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s iconic home ground is Stamford Bridge, which seats 40,834 spectators.

The Blues have played there since 1905, and are planning to expand the capacity to 60,000 by 2024.

Chelsea recently won the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup.

All attention has now been switched towards bringing home another Premier League title.

The last time the club won the league was back in 2017 under Italian manager Antonio Conte.

German manager Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to correct that.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 22: Romelu Lukaku of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on August 22, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Key player: Romelu Lukaku

The new man comes in with huge expectations having just led Inter Milan to their first league title in over a decade.

Last season, Lukaku played 32 league matches and scored 24 goals for the Italian champions.

His experience, physique and finishing  will be pivotal for Chelsea who despite winning the Championship League were wasteful at times in the Premier League.

How to get to the stadium

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Address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, Hammersmith and Fulham, SW6 1HS

Stamford Bridge lies less than three miles south-west of Buckingham Palace.

The best Tube station for match-going fans is Fulham Broadway, on the District Line.

Most fans jump on the Wimbledon-bound tube from Earl’s Court station, which is on the Circle, Piccadilly and District lines.

Alternatively, the ground is around a 20 minute walk from Earl’s Court.

For fans coming from Waterloo station, the 414 bus that travels from Maida Vale to Putney Bridge, stops just in front of the stadium.

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Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel celebrating with his players (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Where to eat

There are coffee shops, restaurants and pubs along Fulham Broadway and if supporters travel a little further to Earl’s Court, there are an array of Italian and Brazilian joints.

For fans staying overnight there is the  Hotel Ibis at Earl’s Court and Holiday Inn Express, just 20 minutes away from Stamford Bridge.

Tickets

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Chelsea tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 08719841905.

Occasionally supporters can just walk to the stadium and purchase a ticket in person.

Depending on games, demand and seats  get a ticket for as low as £47 or as high as £200.

It’s worth noting that priority is given to club members so visitors are advised to always plan in advance.

Thomas Tuchel manager of Chelsea after the UEFA Super Cup final Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Home pubs

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Many fan favourites such as the Rising Sun, the So Bar and the Wheatsheaf have now been turned into supermarkets or cocktail bars.

Popular boozers near the ground, which are still open, include The Finborough Arms, The Chelsea Pensioner or The Butcher’s Hook.

Away pubs

Most pubs near the ground don’t accept away fans, but the Courtfield Tavern, at Earl’s Court, is a Greene King pub which has been a meeting place for rival fans for years.

Covid guidelines

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Social distancing is no longer required at the Tottenham Stadium and fans do not have to get table service food and drinks in any more.

Fans may be be required to show proof of negative Covid test taken within the last 48 hours, or evidence of having taken both jabs of the vaccine on the NHS app.

This could become mandatory from October 1, and the Premier League is advising supporters to prepare for this.

The use of face covering is no longer required by law, but some clubs still advise they are worn when standing or moving away from your seat.

Stadium Tour

To get a great feel of the entire day-to-day running of Chelsea, supporters can join a guided tour that includes access to the players ‘dressing room, the tunnel, the press room and the club’s museum.

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Visitors can also take pictures with some of the club’s trophies in the museum, including the two Champions League trophies