The Stamford Bridge stadium was built in 1877. Initially the stadium was mainly built for athletics, however. It wasn’t until 1905, the year Chelsea FC was founded, that the stadium for the first time was looked upon as a football stadium. Today, Stamford Bridge has a spectator capacity of 41,837 seated visitors. In the 1930’s and for some time thereafter, the capacity was almost double the current one. An attendance record was set in 1935 when 82,905 people came to see Chelsea play Arsenal.
It was on April 28th 1877 that the first sports event was held on Stamford Bridge, and the sport was athletics. In the beginning of the 1900’s the stadium was rebuilt since the plan was for the football club Fulham to move in, but instead the newly formed Chelsea took over the rental contract in 1905. An interesting thing is that Stamford Bridge actually resides in the London neighborhood Fulham.
In the 1960’s and 1970’s, Chelsea made many changes on Stamford Bridge. Among other things it partly rebuilt two standing bleachers to become seated. However, the changes had big consequences on the club’s economy, and in the end it had to sell Stamford Bridge. In 1992 the club regained control of the stadium, but by then it was in a horrid state. Since then, development has moved forward. Between 1994 and 2002 the whole stadium was pretty much completely rebuilt to become a state-of-the-art stadium.
Stamford Bridge lies relatively centrally in London, a few kilometers from the city center. There are many bus lines that connect to the stadium. You can also take the subway to Fulham Broadway (District Line).