Stamford Bridge atmosphere: Where do the problems lie?

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Only at club like Chelsea, where everything is wonderful and settled can a drama of epic proportions arise out of the blue.

However, this isn't your average drama of maybe a player behaving badly off the pitch or a training ground injury. The one man who the Stamford Bridge faithful worship to the ends of the earth has openly criticised the passion and atmosphere at the ground.

Most fans point of view on this is simple - the ticket prices are too high and the stewards at the ground are too forceful on anyone making 'too much noise'. By all means this is the first layer of the problem but is certainly not the full picture.


For me the main problem lies within how the ground is set up in terms of where home and away fans sit and how the growing success of the Blues means that fans arrive at home games and just expect to win against weaker opposition, subsequently affecting the atmosphere.

This is coupled with the fact that at 'bigger games' the fans will not turn up expecting a result and will make noise for that one special pass made or chance created. A solution for the seating plan is to quite simply move the away fans to a tier at the top of the East or West stands, which means the whole Shed End can be filled with Chelsea fans and bring back the famous noisy Shed End.

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The ticket prices of any Premier League match, not just at Chelsea, is a huge talking point. First things first, in any market where someone is ready to pay a huge amount of money for something and the supply is low the price will remain at its peak.

So in terms of the high ticket prices, it would make no sense for them to simply cut ticket prices for no logical reason if the ground is filling up to near capacity most game days.

So right now, it is hard to say where the problem actually lies, but there are certainly an array of factors that contribute. One thing that sticks clear is that the players are as much in this debacle as the fans.


The skipper, John Terry replied to a message on Instagram promising to phone a fans regarding the problem. He put across that the players are pushing for a different seating plan, rule changes for the stewards and maybe the possibility of under 22 and student tickets.

All in all, a lot needs to change, not just at Chelsea but in the Premier League in general. If factors such as discounted under 22 tickets, stewarding changes and a new seating plan, the atmosphere would most certainly start to improve.

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