Capacity: 60,383 (all seated)
Address: Highbury House, London, N5 1BU
Telephone: 020 7619 5003
Fax: 020 7704 4001
Ticket Office: 020 7619 5000
StadiumTours: 020 7619 5000
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Gunners
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Fly Emirates
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Blue
Third Kit: Dark Blue with Yellow Trim
The stadium is of a good size being over 60,000 in capacity and is four-tiered all the way around, which looks impressive. 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 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 and South East corners, below the roof line, complete the stadium.
Outside the Emirates Stadium, there are bronze statues of former manager Herbert Chapman and former players Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry.
The traditional pub for away supporters is the Drayton Park, which is located near to Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway station. This Courage pub overlooks the Emirates 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. Just outside the entrance to the away turnstiles at the Emirates Stadium itself, there are some food and drink kiosks, one of which sells alcohol.
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’.
Along Holloway Road and again around a ten minute walk from the Emirates Stadium is the Coronet, a Wetherspoons outlet, which normally has a good mix of home and visiting supporters on matchdays. Otherwise, alcohol is available inside the stadium, although rather pricey at £5.70 a pint.
Away fans at the Emirates Stadium are housed in the lower tier of the South East corner. The normal allocation for away fans is just under 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 modern stadium.
After being searched by stewards outside the turnstiles, entrance to the stadium is gained via electronic turnstiles, where you need to enter your ticket into a bar code reader.
The concourse inside is not that spacious, but just about adequate but gets crowded quickly. There is quite a choice of food on offer, although some of it is rather pricey, but this is London. The Club though does offer a Pie and a Drink for £5 up to 45 minutes before kick off. However, the crowd of fans that had formed into a scrum around the kiosk put me off even trying to buy anything. There are plenty of flat-screen televisions on the concourse to keep you entertained, plus there is a betting outlet.
I have been to the Emirates Stadium 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, giving 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. Card Payments are accepted for food and drink inside the stadium.
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. There is the Sobell Leisure Centre on Hornsey Road (N7 7NY). Just a 10 minute walk away from the Emirates Stadium, which costs £20 for up to five hours. You can pay by phone or via the RingGo App. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Emirates Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
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 encyclopedic 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.’
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The nearest London Underground tube station to the Emirates Stadium is Holloway Road on the Piccadilly line. It is only a few minutes walk from the stadium, however, to exit this stadium you need to go up by lift or tackle a rather steep spiral staircase. Also please note that the station is also closed after matches. On exiting the station turn right, cross over the road to the other side and then turn left for the stadium. It may be a better idea to alight at the next stop on the Piccadilly line which is Arsenal tube station. Again 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.
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The Club operates a category system for ticket prices (A, B & C), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below for Premier League games with Category B & C prices shown in brackets.
Home Fans* West and East Stands Upper Tier Centre Back £97 (B £56.50) (C £39.50) North and South Stands Upper Tier Centre £92 (B £53.50) (C £37.50) West and East Stands Upper Tier Next To Centre Back £85.50 (B £50.50) (C £35.50) West and East Stands Upper Tier Wings £85.50 (B £50.50) (C £35.50) Upper Tier Corners: £85.50 (B £50.50) (C £35.50) West and East Stands Upper Tier Wings Back £76 (B £43.50) (C £31) North and South Stands Upper Tier Back £76 (B £43.50) (C £31) West and East Stands Lower Tier Centre £71.50 (B £40.50) (C £29) West and East Stands Lower Tier Wings £65.50 (B £37.50) (C £27) Lower Corners £65.50 (B £37.50) (C £27) North and South Stands Lower £65.50 (B £37.50) (C £27)
As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:
Adults £30 Over 65’s £16 Under 19’s £16 Under 17’s £10
* Fans who become Club Members can receive a small discount on these prices and also purchase concessionary tickets in the Family Enclosure.
These ticket prices are provided courtesy of www.arsenal.com.
Official Programme £3.50 Gunflash Fanzine £2.50 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.
The Club offers daily self-guided audio tours of the stadium. The cost of the tour (which also includes admittance to the Club Museum) is: Adults £23 OAP’s £18 Under 16’s £15 Under 5’s Free Family Ticket (2 Adults + 2 Children) £50.
Tickets can be booked online via the official Arsenal FC website or by calling 020 7619 5000.
The Club also offers tours on matchdays at an additional cost.
At The Emirates Stadium: 60,383 v Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League, 2nd November 2019.
At the Arsenal Stadium (Highbury): 73,295 v Sunderland Division One, March 9th, 1935.
2019-2020: 60,279 (Premier League) 2018-2019: 59,899 (Premier League) 2017-2018: 59,323 (Premier League)
Special Thanks to:
Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram and external photo of the stadiu