As the home of Chelsea FC, this iconic stadium is perhaps the capital’s best known football ground. The clubs recent rise to power and subsequent popularity have transformed their image from London heavy hitter to world class juggernaut. The Champions’ League win in 2012 secured their place in the pantheon of footballing divinity and Chelsea have gone from strength to strength ever since then.There are fans in every country, and the club has become the unlikely poster child for the new generation of sustainable superclubs.
It might not have the same facilities as the Emirates, or the atmosphere of Selhurst Park, but it’s easily the most visited one out of the lot. In fact, it’s so well regarded that it’s become something of a problem for the club. Tourists buying tickets and taking up entire sections of the stands isn’t great for noise on match day, so the club are having to consider drastic measures! In many ways, it’s the perfect example of the growing gulf between football’s fans and its monetisation.
If you’re not a Chelsea fan, we strongly advise going for a tour on a different day. You get to see so much more of the club’s history and explore the hidden depths of the stadium, all without taking tickets away from the truly passionate.
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