got to visit the Emirates after original
game had been rescheduled about 3 times from
its original date of 30th January. Myself,
and a friend had decided to go down and
compare the new ground with our own City of
The Emirates is easy to find, travelling
down M6, M1 and onto A1 at junction 2. Once
there, came the problem of trying to find a
car parking place within walking distance of
the ground. By chance we saw a sign for a
school offering car parking at £10 located
on Sussex Way just off the A103 Hornsey
Road, about 15mins from stadium. It was at
this point that we noticed parking
regulations on the adjoining streets were
only in force from 10.00am to 2.00pm!, so
car was duly parked in the street opposite
the school (Landseer Road) for no cost.
Next, where to get a drink? Decided on The
Eaglet on the corner of Seven Sisters and
Hornsey Road. Pub looks rather grubby from
the outside, and not that much better
inside. However, atmosphere was friendly and
most of all the beer not to pricey - £2.40p
for a pint of Carling.
Onto the ground, looks good from main steps
leading up to the Stadium with couple of
cannons obviously carted over from Highbury.
Entrance to stadium was via a card reader,
seems a bit low tech after the proximity
readers we are used to at our stadium! City
fans were located in lower tier in corner of
the stadium, ourselves being block 20. Once
inside ground the first thing we noticed was
that there was ONLY 1 catering outlet that
was supposed to cope with up to 3,000 away
fans! With half an hour to go before kick
off, there was no beer and very little else.
At half time beer was back on, but as you
can imagine the scenes being chaotic and a
total waste of time in trying to get
anywhere near the counter. I enquired of a
steward if this was the only outlet, and
with this being a brand new stadium it was a
disgrace. The steward to her credit was in
total agreement with me.
Seating in ground is good, large padded
seats, with the view being as good as it
gets from a corner lower tier position.
Arsenal crowd were pretty quite up until
point of their 2nd goal, think they realised
that we would not score any more goals as
thatís been our problem all season.
Overall impression of Emirates Ė Looks good
from outside and pitch side. Suggest any
away fans donít rely on getting a
refreshment from inside the stadium. Also,
arrive early to get what car parking spaces