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Thursday, February 15, 2007
The home of Stamford bridge

Chelsea has only one home ground, Stamford Bridge, where they have played since the foundation of the club. It was officially opened on 28 April 1877.It was used almost exclusively by the London Athletics Club for the first 28 years as an arena for athletics meetings and not at all for football. In 1904 the ground was acquired by businessman Gus Mears and his brother, J T Mears, who had previously acquired additional land (formerly a large market garden) with the aim of staging football matches on the now 12.5 acre (51,000 m²) site.

Stamford Bridge has an original capacity of around 100,000 and was largely open with one huge three tiered stand, the East Stand, being at one side of the pitch and this stand, opened in 1973, has been retained and the developers have taken advantage of the fact that the 'old' Stamford Bridge was oval shaped and stretched the new stands right around the ground filling the corners, so that the ground is totally enclosed. The team dug outs are located on this side of the stadium.

Both ends are two tiered, with the North Stand now renamed the Matthew Harding Stand in memory of the man who did so much to transform the club. Below the roof of the Shed End, is a Police Control Box, which keeps a look out over proceedings. The new West Stand is a superb three tiered affair having a row of executive boxes running across its middle, the type of which you are able to sit outside. Its roof is virtually transparent, allowing more light to reach the pitch and gives it a unique look.


The record holder for Stamford Bridge regarding to the attendance is 82,905 during the match between Chelsea and Arsenal for division on October 12, 1935
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