During football season, west London transforms every other weekend into a hotspot for football fans coming to watch Chelsea play a home game at Stamford Bridge. The ground has hosted football since the 19th century and Chelsea has called it home since 1905, so it has a special place in the hearts of fans.
But if you’re not a regular to watching the Blues, you’ll want to ensure you get the full experience and truly make the most of your time here. This is a guide to everything you should do when heading to the Bridge and how to make sure you use your day wisely, from shopping for merch at the right time to where to grab a post-match drink to discuss the game.
Buy a match day magazine
After walking along the Fulham Road and being met with the incredible sight of the Stamford Bridge stadium, head directly for the magazine stands. Even if you’re not usually a reader of magazines, grabbing a match day copy for £3 will act as a great souvenir of the day so it’s worth picking one up.
Place a bet before the game
You might fancy taking part in a spot of pro-Chelsea betting to add to the excitement of the day. Stamford Bridge has plenty of official bookmakers or you might prefer to place your bets online with InfoGol to avoid the queues and delays, particularly if you’ve won some money at the end of the game and need to leave the stadium quickly to get home.
Pick up something from the megastore
The megastore opens relatively early and once kick-off approaches, you won’t be able to move for crowds of fans wanting to pick up merchandise, so it’s best to arrive a bit earlier and take advantage of the peace prior to the game. If you do buy anything, don’t get caught up in the excitement of the game and forget to pick it up from under your seat after the match!
Alternatively, head to Britannia Gate which is a smaller store that won’t match up to the standards set by the megastore but still has a decent selection of items to choose from and might be a bit easier to navigate. Following this, head into the ground and get to your seat to watch as the players come out for their warm-up.
Take part in post-match refreshments
Whether you’re celebrating or commiserating, a post-match drink is a great way to wind up the day. There are various local pubs to choose from, but the Prince of Wales is particularly popular with fans and is a great spot to chat about the game and the day’s events.
Looking to grab a bite to eat? Fans will be spoiled for choice in Fulham, with Knightsbridge, Mayfair and King’s Road all within easy reach. Check out Megan’s for great Mediterranean food or bigger groups might prefer heading to Jak’s for plenty of pizza and pasta options.