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Return of Safe Standing At Stamford Bridge

Will Return Of Standing At Stamford Bridge Boost The Atmosphere?

By Chelsea CultureNo Comments

Standing at Stamford Bridge returned after nearly 28 years against Liverpool with rail seating in the Shed End and the Matthew Harding Lower.

Hopefully, this will help boost the matchday atmosphere and bring back some of the positive spirit of the terraces whilst leaving behind the bad.

A return to safe standing at Stamford Bridge has involved years of campaigning from fan groups and many false dawns but now standing is allowed in the entire Shed End and the Matthew Harding Lower.

Fans will still have an allocated seat, but they will now have a choice as to whether they use it.

Why Was Standing Banned?

The Hillsborough Disaster in 1989 was responsible for the tragic death of 97 football fans.

It led to the launch of a full investigation, the outcome of which was the Taylor Report.

The report recommended that stadiums should be converted to an all-seater model and that all ticketed spectators should have allocated seats.

Whilst the report did not say that standing was unsafe the government legislated that no standing would be allowed.

A deadline of August 1994 set for clubs in the Premier League and Championship to comply.

On the 7th of May 1994 Chelsea faced Sheffield United in the last game before the new regulations became law and the Shed End terracing was closed to be rebuilt, with modern seating, concourses, and overzealous stewards.

Impact On The Stamford Bridge Atmosphere

Whilst some of these changes were for the better, the removal of standing had a negative impact on atmospheres across the Premier League.

The cause for this was the introduction of allocated seating making it harder for fans to congregate and the way that standing makes fans feel more involved in the action and is far more conducive to singing and generating atmosphere.

Whilst an allocated seat is important for safety and crowd control, the desire for fans to stand whilst watching football has never disappeared.

If you have been to watch Chelsea at an away game out of the watch of home stewards’ fans watch the entire game standing. After a few years of trying to enforce seating on away fans most clubs simply gave up.

At home fans in the lower tiers of the Shed End and Matthew Harding Lower have spent the last twenty years doing battle with stewards trying to enforce rules against standing.

Maybe the tolerance of standing will see a better relationship with fans and stewards who can focus on things that will actually keep fans safe.

The Long Road To Safe Standing

A return to partial standing has made sense from day one, but it has taken a long time to get there.

The campaign to get seating back has been a long one that has brought fans across the country together. Fan groups including the Football Supporters Association have coordinated, lobbied and campaigned for nearly 32 years before we reached this point.

The challenge being for fans to convince their clubs, the Premier League and the government that there was a safe version of standing. This was a painstaking journey and we tip our hats to all those that fought the good fight.

Whilst allocated seating is a must in modern stadia, the introduction of rail seating is a huge coup for fans and should help revive atmospheres.

Will Safe Standing At Stamford Bridge Bring The Atmosphere Back

The introduction to safe standing is a great victory for supporters and should in theory lead to more fan involvement and a better atmosphere. For those not wanting to stand they will still be able to sit in the West, East or Matthew Harding Upper stands. (see our list of best place to sit at Stamford Bridge)

The proof will be in the results, but we look forward to finding out.

Editors Note - Fans standing in all-seater stadiums without rail seating was arguably quite unsafe with the risk of falling over the seat in front often quite high, particularly when getting to your seat or celebrating a goal.
What Is The Best Place To Sit At Stamford Bridge

FAQ – Where Is The Best Place To Sit At Stamford Bridge?

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We optimistically look forward to when Chelsea fans can return by answering the question Where Is The Best Place To Sit At Stamford Bridge?

This question can be highly emotive and spark arguments amongst fans as there is

Except for the occasional FA Cup or League Cup fixture, Chelsea fans are spread across all four stands although the price and availability of tickets across each stand varies.

The Best Place To Sit At Stamford Bridge

The truth is that the best place to sit at Stamford Bridge is entirely dependent on what you want

  • Atmosphere
  • View & Closeness To The Pitch
  • Closeness To The Pitch
  • Comfort & Hospitality
  • Cost


If you want the best atmosphere and want to sing and feel the most emotion watching the games then the best place to sit is the Shed End or Matthew Harding Stand.

These are the two stands behind the goal.

The Matthew Harding Stand is home fans only, whereas a quarter to half of the Shed End is typically occupied by away fans with the number affected by the competition and allocation given and taken by the opposing club.

and is normally the goal that Chelsea defend in the first half and attack in the second.

In all our time watching the Blues we can only remember a handful of times where this has been the other way around, we cannot think of a specific example.

The Matthew Harding has a large percentage of long-standing season ticket holders and has the full stand to get chants going and build energy and excitement.

The Shed End has the history and if you want banter with the away fans then you could be sat within 10 yards and have a close-up view of the back and forth.

Best Place To Sit Stamford Bridge - Shed End

Shed End v Newcastle Jan 2019

Shed End v Matthew Harding For Atmosphere

This is the toughest decision to make, both are awesome places to sit.

a difficult one, our personal preference is the Shed End, but then that is because of the history and the fact that we have family with season tickets in both the lower and upper tiers.

View Of The Pitch

The best view you are going to get at Stamford Bridge is in the West Stand close to the halfway line.

Whilst this may not make it the best place for you to sit at Stamford Bridge there is a reason why the directors box at any sports stadium is halfway up the stand in line with the half way line. This is the best view you can get!

A controversial view is that the closest seats to the action offer the worst view.

You may be close enough to hear the players and almost close enough to touch them, you sacrifice your view of the pitch.

At ground level it is hard to get an overview of the game, particularly when the ball is at the other end of the pitch. You cannot tell how close to goal the players are 75 yards away.

West Stand before the last game before lockdown

Comfort and Hospitality

The most comfortable seats are in the West Stand Upper where the stand is heated and the seats are padded. This is also where some of the highest quality hospitality packages can be found featuring some of the most talented chefs in London.

This is not football to us, but if you are less bothered about the atmosphere but want stunning food and a brilliant view of the pitch then these are the seats for you.


The cost of tickets depends on the competition and the expected demand (Assigned Category) of the game. The West Stand is the most expensive stand, whereas the tickets across the rest of the stadium are all priced similar with discounts available for seniors and under 16’s.

The East Stand

So far we have mentioned every stand apart from the East Stand, this is home to the press, the family section and the oldest and only three tiered stand at Stamford Bridge. The atmosphere does not compare to the Shed End or Matthew Harding and it is not as comfortable as the West Stand.

It is not a bad place to be, but it is not where we would usually choose to sit.


The best place to sit at Stamford Bridge is subjective.

If you want atmosphere and passion then it is either the Matthew Harding or Shed End.

If you are after comfort and an amazing view you are willing to pay for then the West Stand particularly in hospitality is for you.

With family with Season Tickets in both tiers of the Shed, it has to be the only place to be every other Saturday for us.

Wherever you sit, we hope you are able to make it back there soon!

Pictures of Stamford Bridge as the teams come out EFL Cup

Evening Kick Offs Create Stunning Pictures Of Stamford Bridge

By Chelsea NewsNo Comments

Pictures of Stamford Bridge almost always look stunning.

Having played two evening games so far this season fans have been treated to seeing the summer sun set over Stamford Bridge twice in the month of August

This has created some beautiful images of the stadium we would like to share with you, thanks to everyone on Twitter for sending them in.

Pictures Of Stamford Bridge

Chelsea on the attack in the first half with the light fading and the Blues on the ascendancy

An action shot with Chelsea attacking a corner

A stunning Stamford Bridge panoramic

Chelsea FC anti racism

Chelsea Fans To Give Out Anti Racism Leaflets & Banners In French & English

By Chelsea NewsNo Comments

The Paris Metro racism incident involving so called Chelsea fans whilst not surprising was a major embarrassment to the club we love.

The club we support is not perfect and neither are our fans who come from a diverse number of backgrounds of race, religion and creed, unfortunately within that are those that believe that racism is acceptable, what is even more unfortunate is they think sharing their view in a public place is also acceptable. This is not the view of the vast majority of Chelsea fans and quite frankly now is the time to reinforce this.

The club and fans not involved have reacted brilliantly to this, the club has reached out to the victim of the incident and done everything in its power to identify, shame and ban those involved. With Paris coming to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday a group of fans have gone about ensuring that any travelling Parisiens know that the actions on that Metro that made international headlines are not acceptable to Chelsea fans.

There will be a fan banner against racism displayed at the ground and coordinated to get posters made up and distributed in English and French that simply read “No racism at the Bridge, and that’s the way we like it” in direct reference to the song being sung on the Metro that day.

I want to applaud these fans for deciding not to let the view that Chelsea fans are racist become mainstream by taking public action, our reputation has been damaged byt his incident but letting everyone know this is a minority is important.

Let’s hope that this conciliatory message is taken in the manner it is sent and that the tie against Paris St Germain will build bridges and the reputation of our loyal fans.

If you would like to know more about what these fans are doing against racism at Stamford Bridge or want to help email –

Chelsea Anti Racism poster


Chelsea FC anti racism