CHELSEA have played at Stamford Bridge ever since the Club was formed in 1905 - although the stadium was originally intended for Fulham but they rejected the chance to play there!
Between it being built in 1877 and new club Chelsea moving in, it was used primarily as an athletics venue. Three FA Cup finals were also hosted at the venue prior to its formation and ahead of their switch to Wembley Stadium.
The modern-day Stamford Bridge is on a 12.5 acre site that also houses two four-star hotels, three restaurants, conference and banqueting facilities, an underground car park, health club, a music venue and business centre.
It's current capacity stands at 41,978 with Stamford Bridge going from being a huge oval shape to one with all four sides close to the pitch.
Away supporters are housed in the corner of the Shed End Stand, which holds over 6,000 fans following the completion of it's reconstruction in 1997.
The old Shed End saw a unique roofed area covering only a fifth of the terrace erected in 1930 and there is debate over how and when it developed the name 'Shed' as it wasn't given a name when it was built!
Stamford Bridge also houses a football museum, with memorabilia and artefacts from Chelsea's history. It is the largest museum of its kind in London.
Located behind the Matthew Harding Stand next to the Chelsea Club, it is open on selected matchdays but stadium tours are not available. The last entry on a matchday is one hour before kick off.
For more information, call 0871 984 1955.
AWAY SUPPORTERS PUBLIC HOUSES
The nearest away supporters pubs are to the North East of Stamford Bridge at Earls Court and are a 25-30 minute walk from the Stadium. They are the Earls Court Tavern, the Prince of Teck, the Courtfield Tavern and the Blackbird.
On arrival at the queuing system the following processes will occur; pre-entry ticket checks, body & bag search, electronic ticket scan and then entry through the turnstiles.
During these procedures it may be necessary to temporarily hold supporters at cordon points in order to achieve a safe and steady flow through to the turnstiles.
Supporters are advised that the turnstiles will be open two hours before kick-off and it is strongly recommended that they arrive in good time and that they are inside the stadium 30 minutes before kick off.
Chelsea say that large numbers of supporters arriving late cannot have an expectation of making it into the stadium before kick-off.
On leaving the Britannia Stadium, head south on the A500 and join the M6 at junction 15, heading southbound.
Merge onto the M42 just after the toll road rejoins the M6 and then join the M40 at junction 3a.
After 88 miles, continue onto the A40 (Western Avenue) for around 12 miles, before taking the ramp for a roundabout signposted A3220.
Take the second exit at the roundabout onto the West Cross Route (A3220), crossing another roundabout.
The A3220 changes into Addison Crescent, Pembroke Road and Earls Court Road but stay on it until the junction for Fulham Road (A308).
At the traffic lights turn right onto Fulham Road and after going over the railway bridge the stadium is on the right.
There is no allocated parking for visiting supporters at Stamford Bridge, and space is limited in the immediate area due to local residence restrictions.
A number of London Underground stations have Pay & Display car-parks.
164 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 2 hours 37 minutes
Supporters should travel from Stoke-on-Trent Station to Earl's Court via London Euston.
From there, take the London Underground's District Line to Fulham Broadway, which is only a few minutes' walk away from Stamford Bridge.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk