Arsenal FC - Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The Emirates has a capacity of over 60,000 making it the second largest league football ground in the country. The stadium is comprised of four tiers although the middle two are very small and purely for club members and executive box holders. There is also an underground car park for staff and any commercial vehicles that need access. I was privileged enough to park in here when shown into the ground to take photos.

Away Fans

Up to 3,000 visiting supporters can be accommodated and they're housed in the lower tier of the south east corner of the stadium. Cup matches will see bigger allocations given, if required. The tickets, and food/drink within the ground, are pricey. An exception is made for the League Cup, when the home side often vastly reduce the admission price to ensure a greater attendance (tickets sometimes available for as low as £10).

Stadium Layout

Emirates Stadium seating plan:

Emirates Stadium Seating Plan

Where To Drink

The Drayton Arms is away friendly, and is usually absolutely chocker on a match day with fans spilling out onto the streets around it. There's usually a couple of burger vans there, too, to keep the blood-sugar levels up.

Another option is to drink around Finsbury Park tube, to the north of the ground, where The Blackstock and The Twelve Pins (both easy to find as soon as you come out of Finsbury Park tube station) are both welcoming of home and away supporters, and are not much more than a 10 minute stroll away from the ground.

Parking

Parking is almost impossible to find around the stadium. Permit holder signs adorn the lamp posts of many a street and to be honest, unless you're willing to pay £8 to park in any of the near by 'football' car parks, travelling in by tube always seems to be the best option.

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium is Drayton Park, which is about 150 metres from the ground. However, the station is closed on weekends and on match days so the only use it will be to you is if you're going to pick up match tickets or do the stadium tour.

The nearest tube stations are Holloway Road and Arsenal, which are on the Piccadilly line. Both of these are around a 5 minute walk from the stadium. The other stations serving Ashburton Grove are Finsbury Park, roughly ten minutes walk away and served by both the Victoria and Piccadilly lines, as well as suburban rail services; and Highbury and Islington, also approximately ten minutes away, which is served by the Victoria Line and the North London Line.

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Fans Reviews

  • Andy Smith wrote:

    Travel: I travelled by coach. There was ample parking but was a nightmare getting in and leaving.

    Refreshments: There was a pub in the grounds. There are a few around the grounds of which some let us in and some didn't. There is plenty food shops around the ground too.

    Impressions: It is absolutely awesome around the ground and inside, until you take your seat. You can't see anything down past the half way line if your low down in the corner but the atmosphere is electric.

    Facilities: 'BRILLIANT and 1st CLASS'. Better than Wembley in my opinion. The seats are better than my car for comfort. It's just a pity about the view.

    Exit: Easy, until you get to the car, then it's a nightmare. I would allow about 60-90 minutes to get away and do not expect an escort by police. In my opinion, it's the worst ground in country for getting away.

    Enjoy: Absolutely, apart from price. It's too expensive. I can't afford to go again, as a holiday for an entire week is cheaper than a day out here. Such a shame that Arsenal don't seem to care about working class people...

  • Travel: On each of my four visits to the Emirates, I have travelled by train and used Finsbury Park station. It's obviously a little bit of a longer walk than the very conveniently placed Arsenal Station just outside the old Highbury, but the queues are unbelievable, and it's worth the extra 10 minutes walk! Finsbury Park is also on the Victoria Line, so coming from Euston, there are no changes either, so Finsbury Park is well worth it!

    Refreshments: Speaking of Finsbury Park, the other advantage here is that there is a decent away fan friendly pub right outside it called the Twelve Pins. There is a decent little chippy opposite too. Nearer to the ground, right opposite the away entrance, is the Drayton Arms, which is always absolutely rammed with away fans, inside and out. Best to stock up on your food and drink outside, as inside it all gets a little pricey! And it's hardly traditional football food either! Veg pie, bockwurst, pizza, whatever happened to mystery meat pie and Bovril?

    Impressions: As far as new grounds go, you can't beat the organisation below the stands at the Emirates! Plenty of bars, plenty of toilets, no queues, no claustrophobia, ace! Same goes for the seats, yes they of the infamous padded variety! As luxurious as it sounds they are (not literally) a pain in the backside! Every time you have to stand up to let someone past, it’s clear that the seats are too big to just stand up and lift! Meaning either a bizarre lean forward, or a sore rear by the end of the day from the number of times you have hit yourself with your own seat! No doubting the grandeur of the ground, and the sheer size of it is always impressive. Strange though, with the two middle tiers being so small, it always feels a little bit smaller than it is (if that makes sense!)

    Atmosphere: It's Arsenal…Highbury wasn't referred to as the Library for nothing, and increasing the numbers still hasn't helped. Generally still really poor from the home fans, until they're beating you, then a few scallies next to the away end will enjoy a good gloat. That's something that doesn't help the atmosphere either, the police and stewards are as over the top as they were at Highbury, picking on away fans for singing or shouting across the divide, yet the home fans can do it all they like. This usual double standards seen even more in 2008, when Arsenal fans threw coins into the away end first after we took a first half lead, then again once they were beating us later on, yet the stewards did nothing about and decided to pick fights with our fans who took exception to having coins thrown at them!

    Enjoy: It's modern football as we know it. No atmosphere, bizarre food, expensive prices. It's only a stone's throw from Highbury, but it couldn't be further away in reality.

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Ground Name: Emirates Stadium
Capacity: 60,432 (all seated)
Address: Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU
Main Tel No.: 0207 619 5003
Team Nickname: The Gunners
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Site: www.arsenal.com

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