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Emirates Stadium

Ground Name: Emirates Stadium
Capacity: 60,432 (all seated)
Address:
Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU
Telephone No: 020 7619 5003
Fax No: 020 7704 4001
Ticket Office: 020 7619 5000
Stadium Tours: 020 7619 5000
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Club Nickname: The Gunners
Year Ground Opened:
2006
Undersoil Heating: Yes

Shirt Sponsors:
Fly Emirates
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Home Kit Colours: Red and White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Blue
3rd Kit Colours: Navy and Light Blue
Official Web Site:
www.arsenal.com
Unofficial Web Sites: 
Arsenal Land
Arsenal World (Footy Mad)
German Gunners
Tipperary Gunners
Goonersworld Forum
Untold Arsenal

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Contents
What's The Emirates Stadium Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Looking Towards The South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Shillibeers Bar And Grill
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)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme & Fanzines

Theobolds Park Hotel
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Stadium Tours
View From The Away Section
(video)
Emirates Stadium Location Map


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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 build. With 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.

The third tier is even smaller, being entirely comprised of executive boxes, some 150 in total and fits entirely under the large fourth tier.
This fourth tier, known as the upper tier, has been designed in a semi circular fashion and is topped by an impressive looking roof, that includes a lot of visible white tubular steelwork and perspex panels to allow more light to get to the pitch. The roofs though do not follow the semi circular shape of the stands but in fact run across the top of them and even dip down towards them giving them a strange look. Two excellent looking large video screens situated in the North West & South East corners, below the roof line, complete the stadium. 

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Emirates Stadium External View


 Emirates Stadium - External View
                    Photo

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Away fans 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 some of it is rather pricey. 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.

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Looking Towards The South Stand


Looking Towards The South Stand photo

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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), costing around £4.30 a pint.


Shillibeers Bar & Grill
Shillibeers BarShillibeers Bar & Grill is situated only a few minutes walk from Caledonian Road Tube Station (Turn left out of the station, cross over the bridge, take the first left up North Road and you’ll find Shillibeers down on the left) and only a 15-20 minute walk from the Emirates Stadium. Away fan friendly with Sky Sports TV, this modern good sized bar specialises in real ale and craft beers, as well as having a great variety of other drinks too. The bar also offers food including most pub favourites, but being freshly prepared and using locally sourced produce, wherever possible. Take a look at the Shillibeers Bar & Grill website for further information or call us on (020) 32180083. Bar location map.

East Stand


  Emirates Stadium East Stand photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the 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.

There is little parking at the stadium itself or in nearby streets. An extensive
residents only parking scheme operates around the stadium on matchdays. It's probably better to park further out of London around a tube station such as Cockfosters and get the tube to the ground. 

Tony Attwood adds; 'Cockfosters underground station is the obvious station for fans travelling from the north - it is only about 4 miles south of the M25.  It has its own car park but this can be full by as early as 12.30pm. What's more it can be difficult to exit after the game, with most drivers seeking to come out and cross the main road to head north. Unless you have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the streets around the general area of the Emirates, it really isn't worth trying to find some street parking. Football fans on matchdays are easy pickings for the traffic wardens, who contrary to popular belief, do work on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.'

Map showing the location of the Emirates Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: N5 1BU

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North and East Stands


Emirates Stadium North and
                    East Stands photo

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By Train or London Underground
The nearest 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.

For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The North Stand


Emirates Stadium North Stand
                    Photo

 

Local Rivals
Tottenham Hotspur.

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Admission Prices
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.

Home Fans:
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)

 
Away Fans:
Adults
£62 (B £35.50) (C £25.50) Over 65's/Under 16's £26.50 (B £15.50) C £13.

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Emirates Stadium Layout

  Arsenal Emirates Stadium Plan

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
please visit the official Arsenal website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Arsenal FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme and Fanzines
Official Programme £3.50
Gunflash Fanzine £2.50
The Gooner Fanzine £2
Up The A**e Fanzine £1

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Theobolds Park Hotel

Theobolds Park HotelNestled in 55 acres of picturesque parkland, the manicured lawns and Italian gardens of Theobolds Park create a breathtaking first impression. Theobolds Park is just 10 miles from London, a few minutes drive from M25, and is easily accessible from London by rail and by car. We are the perfect location for all travelling supporters, with 140 en suite bedrooms, free Wi-Fi, and car parking.

We are just:
Three miles from Cheshunt Train Station with trains every 15 minutes to London Liverpool Street and 11 miles from the Emirates Stadium.

With rooms from just £19 why not take advantage of this fantastic sporting venue. Just visit the Theobolds Park Website, or call 01992 633 375 (please quote 'footygrounds' on booking). Also follow the hotel on twitter @Theobalds_Park

Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
At The Emirates:
60,161 v Manchester United
Premier League, November 3rd 2007.

At Highbury:

73,295 v Sunderland
Division One, March 9th, 1935.

Average Attendance:
At The Emirates:
2013-2014: 60,013 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 60,079 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 60,000 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of The Emirates Stadium

Thomas Walters (Swansea City) 25/3/14
Harry Williamson (Chelsea) 21/4/12
Ben Buckingham (Queens Park Rangers) 31/12/11

Cameron Ormerod (Bolton Wanderers) 24/9/11
Josh Grainger (Leeds United) 7/01/11

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing includes details of how far they are away from the ground. 

Access their
Arsenal and Central London page
.

Remember that you can also use the above link or the panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.

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Stadium Tours

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 £18, Under 16's £9.50, Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £44. Tickets can be booked online via the official Arsenal FC website or by calling 020 7619 5000.

View From The Away Section



Thanks to Haydn Gleed for supplying the video.

Map showing the location of the Emirates Stadium, Stations and Listed Pubs



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Last Updated 12 July 2014