After a relatively humble first 100 years, during which the club experienced only fleeting moments of success, Chelsea’s fortunes took a dramatic turn in 2003 when Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club. Through extravagant spending and some shrewd managerial appointments, he swiftly turned Chelsea into a European powerhouse, winning the Premier League on several occasions as well as the holy grail, the European Champions league in 2012, and in doing so becoming the first London club to ever win the prestigious tournament.
Players take their positions before a match kicks off at Stamford Bridge (Photo: Erik Drostvia Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
Located in West London, close to the upscale shopping avenues of Fulham Road and King’s Road, Chelsea has a reputation for glitz and glamour that dates back to the 1970s – and the arrival of a Russian oligarch has only served to amplify that standing. Consequently, a number of tourists who come to London make a trip to Stamford Bridge one of their main priorities. If you’re planning a visit and want to know if there are any Chelsea home games scheduled during your dates of travel, you’ll find fixture lists for the current 2019/20 season available online.
Matches at Stamford Bridge are always in high demand and it’s usually necessary to be a club member in order to apply for Premier League tickets. In fact, for the most high profile games, general sale tickets are simply never available. However, that doesn’t necessarily rule out the possibility of getting a ticket. We’ve done some research and outlined some of the best options available below.
Seatsbay are currently our favourite option for buying Chelsea tickets online. The well-established sports tickets broker has excellent availability for all games at Stanford Bridge – and at reasonable prices too. We found tickets starting at around £80 GBP for upcoming games against Aston Villa and Bournemouth. However, for more prestigious games, such as against Arsenal, Tottenham or UEFA Champions League fixtures, prices can be significantly higher. The company works with a network of suppliers, and the tickets on sale have usually been put there by members unable attend certain games. This means that Seatsbay receive the tickets before they resell them, ensuring there’s virtually no risk of fakes. Tickets are usually shipped 2 to 3 days prior to the match at the very latest, and you can also request that they’re sent to a hotel for collection. For London clubs like Chelsea, Seatsbay also have designated locations around the city centre where you can pick up your tickets from, which is particularly helpful when you buy tickets at the last minute.
Operating online for more than a decade, Livefootballtickets.com are another reputable ticketing company. While they charge slightly higher fees compared to Seatsbay, we found they have an even bigger selection of tickets available for certain games. One major perk is that the website often has the option of buying 4 tickets with the seats all next to each other – ideal for large groups wishing to attend a game together. The site also offers a 150% money-back guarantee if, for any reason, you don’t receive your tickets, or if you’re unable to access the stadium with your tickets.
If you’re looking for premium tickets including food and drinks, check out Circuit Hospitality. Circuit are proud to only sell packages that are authorised and official.The Bristol-based company are the leading authorised suppliers of sports hospitality and events tickets, specialising in the sale of Premier League football hospitality. Circuit are an official Chelsea FC hospitality reseller, the company offer a wide variety of Stamford Bridge experiences, including exclusive access to the Tambling Suite and the Harris Suite, as well as a Chelsea VIP day out allowing you to enjoy a visit to Stamford Bridge in luxurious surroundings. Depending on the importance of the game, rates ranging between £300 and £600 GBP per hospitality ticket, with packages including a VIP match seat in the West middle tier, a two course meal before kick-off, and complimentary drinks and snacks an hour after the final whistle. Please note: TravelMag have negotiated a 12% discount on all Circuit Hospitality tickets for our readers. All you need to do is use the voucher code “travelmag” during the check-out stage of your online ticket purchase.