Venue Review: Chelsea FC Conference & Events
I have written before evangelising the benefits of using sporting venues for events, Chelsea is a fine example of all that is great with these venues. Stamford Bridge boasts 24 function rooms and a staggering 60 syndicate spaces, most have natural daylight and many boast views over the hallowed turf. You don’t have to be a football fab (or even a Chelsea fan) to admire what they have on offer here, the building is kept in the immaculate condition you’d expect when the owner happens to be worth a few billion.
Like most sporting venues Chelsea utilise private boxes for small meetings, intimate dinners or breakout space. They are all extremely well appointed with a kitchen, bar and balcony. Variety is also prevalent here, aside from the boxes they have 6 suites for conferences or banquets of up to 360 delegates, the never-ending Centenary Hall for dinners with a pitch view and ‘Under the Bridge’, a 550+ capacity music venue which plays host to numerous gigs and is available for private hire. For post conference entertainment there’s a Marco Pierre White backed sports bar & grill onsite, and accommodation is available via the 2 onsite hotels with 280+ rooms between them.
The jewel in the crown of Stamford Bridge however, is the Great Hall. Few venues can do so much with so little. The hall, in effect, is the concrete clad concourse where on match days fans stream in to buy their pies & beers before the match. With some clever draping and a fresh carpet the space is transformed into a stunning events venue (think high-end marquee, but nicely heated) suitable for dinners of 600, conferences for 850 and 1000 for drinks receptions. Being a ‘blank space’ venue event planners are given free reign to customise every aspect of the hall.