Chelsea is one of the premier football clubs in the Premier League, and have qualified for the final of the 2012 UEFA Champions League. A win would be Chelsea’s first in the event after making round 16 for the past nine years. The club nearly won the competition in 2008, beaten by rivals Manchester United in the final.
Guided tours of Chelsea’s home stadium, Stamford Bridge, last about an hour and are offered every day except for days that the club plays a home game. The only one left this season is May 13, the final contest of the 2011-12 Premier League season versus Blackburn Rovers.
Those taking the tour will enjoy visiting the pitch, both of the dressing rooms and the media facilities. When visiting these areas, it is easy to imagine them full of life with players and members of the press. The price of the tour also includes a visit to the club’s museum.
Tours are available 11 times a day with start times ranging from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no entry allowed past 4 p.m. On May 13, the museum will close at 2 p.m., one hour prior to kick-off for that day’s game.
This historic stadium has been used by Chelsea since its founding in 1905. The ground had been home to London Athletics Club since 1877. The 41,837-seat facility previously had a capacity of about 100,000. A record 82,905 fans witnessed Arsenal pay a visit in 1935.
In addition to Chelsea’s home games, this incredible facility has played host to FA Cup semi-finals and finals and international games featuring the English national team. Other sports that have been played here include rugby union, baseball, greyhound racing, cricket and American football.