Emirates Stadium Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
East Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
North and East Stands (photo)
By Train/London Underground Tube
A Closer Look At The North Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Emirates Stadium Location Map
|What's The Emirates Stadium Like?|
Arsenal moved the short
distance to the Emirates Stadium in 2006, after 93
years of playing at one of the most historic
grounds in the country; Arsenal
Stadium (better known as Highbury). The
stadium was designed by HOK Sport (who also
designed Stadium Australia in Sydney, which was
used for the Olympics) and built by Sir Robert
McAlpine Ltd. The stadium cost £390m to
a capacity of over 60,000 the stadium is huge in
comparison to Highbury and is the largest football
ground in London. It is the only stadium that I
know of, in this country that is four tiered. The
lower tier, is large and shallow, set well back
from the playing surface as a cinder track
surrounds the playing area. A small second tier,
which is called the Club tier, has seating, but is
only eight rows high. Inside it has a
number of lounges/restaurants, earning it the
nickname the 'prawn circle'. This Club tier
slightly overhangs the bottom tier.
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
at the Emirates Stadium are housed in the lower tier of the South East
corner. The normal allocation for away fans will be
3,000 tickets, but this can be increased for cup
games. Although fans have big padded seats and
plenty of leg room, the lower tier of the stadium is
quite shallow (unlike the upper tiers which have
plenty of height between rows), meaning
that the view might not be as good as you would
expect from a new stadium.
Entrance to the stadium is by a 'smart ticket', whereby rather than giving your ticket to a turnstile operator, you enter it into a ticket reader to gain entry. This always confuses the away fans, as although more clubs are installing this type of apparatus, it is still in the minority. On my last visit, after being searched on entry, the steward took my ticket and inserted it into the ticket reader for me, which speeded up the process (which made sense as it is not clear on the ticket as to which way it should be inserted).
The concourse inside is not that spacious, but just about adequate. There is quite a choice of food on offer. Although pricey it looks pretty good and includes; Fish and chips (£5.90), Scottish Cheeseburger (£4), Hot Dog (£3.50), Balti Pie (£4), Minced Beef & Onion Pie (£4), Roasted vegetables and cauliflower pie (£4) and probably the best value a slice of pizza for £2.50. Alcohol is available in the form of Fosters or John Smiths at £3.20 per pint. However the crowd of fans that had formed into a scrum around the kiosk put me off even trying to buy anything. It would have been nice if a proper queuing system had been put in place. There are plenty of flat screen televisions on the concourse to keep you entertained, plus there is a Ladbroke betting facility.
I have been to the Emirates a couple of times now. The first was for an international friendly, where I had tickets for the upper tier of the stadium. I was very impressed all round with the stadium and had a great day out. The second visit was as an away supporter seated in the visiting section. On this visit I was less impressed with the Emirates. The whole occasion just seemed as it was one big corporate event rather than a football match. Plus the view was that not that great and afterwards you almost questioned if the stadium did indeed hold 60,000, as the large gaps in the corners below the stadium roof, gave the illusion that it is smaller than what it is. The away fans are also located very close to the home fans, which led to a fair amount of rather unsavoury banter.
On the positive side the stadium is indeed one of quality. It looks and feels that it has not been 'built on the cheap' and is a 'cut above' most other new stadiums built in this country. The atmosphere is okay and the pitch even in January looked immaculate. On a lighter note look out for the rather odd looking mascot called 'Gunnersaurus, which is not as you would expect coloured red and white, but instead a bright green, fluffy looking dinosaur.
On a separate note, then if you like your pies then on Gillespie Road not far from Arsenal Tube Station (going towards the Emirates), is a stall called Piebury Corner which is popular on matchdays. Although it is actually set up in someones front garden, then don't let that put you off as the range of pies are excellent and cost in the region of £3 - £4.50.
|Where To Drink?|
|The traditional pub for
away supporters is the Drayton Arms, which is located
near to Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway
station. This Courage pub overlooks the new stadium
and is only a few minutes walk away. However as you
would expect it can get extremely busy on matchdays,
with drinkers spilling outside onto the pavements.
Mark Long recommends the Twelve Pins (formerly the Finsbury Park Tavern) near Finsbury Park Tube Station. ‘Normally a good mix of home and away fans and about a ten minute walk from the ground’. Whilst Guy McIntyre adds; ‘The Blackstock opposite The Twelve Pins, also welcomes away fans, plus it has a big screen showing Sky Sports’. There is also a Wetherspoons pub called the White Lion Of Mortimer, which is a five minute walk away from Finsbury Park Tube Station along Stroud Green Road. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium (Fosters, John Smith’s & Strongbow).
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
M1 at Junction 2 and onto the A1, following the
signs for City (Central London). Keep going on the
A1 for around six miles, until you see Holloway Road
Tube Station on your right.
Take the next left at the
traffic lights into Hornsey Road and the stadium
is about a 1/4 of a mile further down this road.
Map showing the location of the Emirates Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
|By Train or London Underground|
London Underground tube station to
the Emirates Stadium is Holloway Road on the
Piccadilly line. However,
this is closed on matchdays as it relies
mostly on lifts to transport passengers to and
from street level and this could cause problems
when large crowds are in attendance. Fans should
therefore alight at the next stop on the
Piccadilly line which is Arsenal
tube station. It is only a few minutes walk from
here to the stadium. On exiting the station turn
right and follow Drayton Park Road around to the
left. Then take one of the large bridges over the
railway line to the stadium. Other tube
stations in walking distance of the stadium are Finsbury Park on
the Piccadilly Line and Highbury & Islington on
the Victoria Line.
Otherwise you can take an overland train to Finsbury Park Railway Station from London Kings Cross. It is then about a 10 to 15 minute walk from Finsbury Park to the stadium. Drayton Park Station which is situated right by the stadium is closed at weekends.
Tim Sansom adds; 'After the game we had to walk a fair distance to find an underground station that had not been shut due to overcrowding. We found that the Arsenal underground had been shut by the police and so had to undertake a fairly long walk to Finsbury Park which was also shut by station staff. We were recommended by the police to take the mainline train into Kings Cross, which we did with no problems and were back in central London within 10 minutes'.
Unless you are team are being stuffed and you are leaving the game a little early, then Arsenal tube station should be fine. If though you are staying to the final whistle, then you are better off walking to Finsbury Park, rather than wait in the long queues at Arsenal tube. To get to Finsbury Park, simple walk past Arsenal tube station on your left and then take a left into St Thomas's Road. The station is at the end of the road. The Police also do a good job of controlling the flow of the numbers of fans onto the station.
travelling across London by public
transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with
use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.
|The Club operate a category system for
ticket prices (A, B & C), whereby the most
popular games cost more to watch. Category A
prices are shown below with Category
B & C prices shown in brackets.
Centre Upper £126 (B £73) (C £51)
Centre Upper Back £94.50 (B £55) (C £38.50)
Next To Centre Upper £94.50 (B £55) (C £38.50)
Goal Upper £89.50 (B £52) (C £36.50)
Next To Centre Upper Back £83 (B £49) (C £34.50)
Wing Upper Back £83 (B £49) (C £34.50)
Corner Upper Back £83 (B £49) (C £34.50)
Wing Upper Back £74 (B £42.50) (C £30)
Goal Upper Back £74 (B £42.50) (C £30)
Centre Lower £69.50 (B £39.50) (C £28)
Wing Lower £63.50 (B £36.50) (C £26)
Corner Lower £63.50 (B £36.50) (C £26)
Goal Lower £63.50 (B £36.50) (C £26)
Adults £62 (B £35.50) (C £25.50) Over 65's/Under 16's £26.50 (B £15.50) C £13.
|Emirates Stadium Layout|
stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
|Arsenal FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme and Fanzines|
|Official Programme £3
The Gooner Fanzine £2
Up The A**e Fanzine £1
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|At The Emirates:
60,161 v Manchester United
Premier League, November 3rd 2007.
73,295 v Sunderland
Division One, March 9th, 1935.
At The Emirates:
2012-2013: 60,079 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 60,000 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 60,025 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Emirates Stadium|
Williamson (Chelsea) 21/4/12
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The Club offer daily self guided audio tours of the stadium. The cost of the tour (which also includes admittance to the Club Museum) is Adults £17.50, Under 16's £9, Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £42, Under 5's Free. Tickets can be booked online via the official Arsenal FC website.
|Map showing the location of the Emirates Stadium, Stations and Listed Pubs|
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Last Updated 8 June 2013