Ashburton Grove, referred to as the Emirates Stadium for sponsorship reasons is the home of Arsenal Football Club following their departure from Highbury in 2006. With the exception of Wembley Stadium, the Emirates Stadium is the largest in London with a capacity of 60,338.
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Arsenal Stadium Guide
|Address:||Hornsey Road, London, N7 7AJ|
|Stadium Owner:||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment|
|Names:||The Emirates Stadium, Ashburton Grove (Construction), Arsenal Stadium (UEFA Competitions)|
|Broke Ground:||February 2004|
|Construction Cost:||£390 million (2004)|
|Structural Engineer:||Buro Happold|
The Emirates History
Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium first opened in time for the 2006/2007 season, after hosting three non-capacity events in the summer in order to obtain its license. The first event was a shareholder open day, the second was an open training session which attracted 20,000 fans, and the third was a testimonial match against Ajax for club icon Dennis Bergkamp on 22nd July 2006.
Described by Arsène Wenger as “the biggest decision in Arsenal’s history”, the club’s hand was essentially forced by Islington Council following on from the tragic events of Hillsborough. By the 1994-1995 season all top-flight English clubs had to convert their stadiums from terracing to seating, and in doing so Arsenal’s Highbury’s capacity was reduced from 57,000 to just under 40,000.
Costing £20 million for the redevelopments, with the knock-on effect of reduced matchday revenue, the club explored the possibility of expansion but it was abandoned after rejection from local residents and the problematic nature of the Grade II listed Art-Deco East Stand.
Falling further behind great rivals, Manchester United, who had almost doubled their gate receipts after Old Trafford’s expansion in 1997, Arsenal soon realised that they had to build their own stadium, and by 1999 identified a site for what would become The Emirates Stadium at Ashburton Grove, 500m away from Highbury.
Despite initial protestation from some Islington residents Arsenal were given the all-clear by July 2002, with construction taking around 4 years. Receiving no public subsidy for the relocation move, The Emirates was entirely privately funded through a mixture of player sales, bonds, naming rights and bank loans.
|Full Name:||The Arsenal Football Club|
|Rivals:||Tottenham (North London Derby), Manchester United, Chelsea FC|
|Team Colours:||Red and White|
|Nicknames:||The Gunners, Gooners, The Arsenal|
|Training Ground:||London Colney|
|Former Stadiums:||Highbury (1913-2006)|
|Famous Players:||Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires|
|Famous Managers:||Arsene Wenger, George Graham, Herbert Chapman, Mikel Arteta|
|Team Owner:||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment|
|Team Goalscorer:||Thierry Henry (228)|
|Most Appearances:||David O'Leary (723)|
The Emirates Seating Plan
The Emirates is a modern “bowl” which means each stand has the same number of tiers and is continuous around the pitch. The four sections have inherited the names of the stands at Highbury: The North Bank, East Stand, The Clock End (South) and the West Stand which houses the club’s main facilities.
Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the Stadium.
The Emirates Away End
Away fans who make the trip to Arsenal are housed within the lower corner of the section between the south and east stands. The standard allocation for league matches is 3,000 but it is normally increased for FA Cup matches where there is expected to be a more generous split.
With generous amounts of leg room. the incline of the stands isn’t particularly steep which means that some of the seats feel slightly further away from the pitch then they should. The Emirates is sometimes maligned for it’s lack of atmosphere, but in reality it isn’t any better or worse than any other large stadium which attracts it’s share of football tourists.
Once you are inside the the ground after passing through the “electronic turnstile” which scans your ticket, you’ll likely find that the away concourse isn’t the most spacious. Food and drinks can also seem pricey however that’s part for the course in a) London and b) a new stadium.
Best Pubs near ground
The main stretch of tarmac containing the highest number of pubs is Holloway Road where there are decent choices without being too conspicuously Arsenal unlike elsewhere in Islington.
There is the likes of the Horatia -“Bustling boozer”, Metro Holloway – “Spacious bar & Courtyard with Pizza” and The Coronet – “Pub in converted Cinema”, all of which have their own individual charms.
East of the stadium on Highbury Grove there is the Highbury Barn Tavern and The Gunners Supporter Bar which has lots of memorabilia, with many regarding Drayton Park Arms as the unofficial away supporters bar meaning that predictably it gets busy on matchdays.
Food - Places to eat
Again, Holloway Road is where most of the nearby dining options are found with the likes of a Greggs, Costa, Sainsbury’s local and even a McDonalds. Inside the Emirates fans are also well catered for food wise, however prices are regarded as some of the most expensive in English football.
If you are not too bothered about eating/drinking close to Arsenal’s stadium then you could always just stick with the places within your train station.
Arsenal Club Shop
The club shop AKA the Armoury is located on the Holloway road side of the stadium and with the exception of the Arsenal Online Store is the best place to purchase official merchandise from.
The store is located on the western side of the stadium, and it has the following opening hours:
- Monday to Saturday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
- Sunday: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Can you take a stadium Tour?
You wouldn’t expect Arsenal football club to miss this trick, and indeed they haven’t, with fans even able to get a personally guided tour by the likes of Charlie George and Lee Dixon. The more affordable self-guided Audio-tour is open Monday – Saturday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm with last entry being 5.00 pm, whereas on Sunday’s closes earlier at 3.30 pm.
The museum is also open at similar times, with it’s closing occurring 30 minutes after the last tour in order for you to take in both parts of the Emirates Experience.
Note: There are no tours on Matchdays or from 1.00 pm the day before European fixtures.
How to buy Arsenal Tickets
Tickets for Arsenal football club are in high demand, so much so that there’s even talks of expanding the capacity of The Emirates. This would certainly be impressive if this was ever to happen.
As is usual, the club’s official website (see useful links) is the best source to buy tickets, although you may have to join Arsenal supports group to be in with a chance of getting them.
Failing this you could always use third-party resellers, although you may pay a few pounds above the ticket’s official value they are generally a safe and secure way of obtaining a ticket.
How to get to The Emirates
Where is The Emirates?
The Emirates Stadium is located in Islington, North London, approximately half a mile away from the club’s former stadium, Highbury. Driving is not recommended, you should instead use London’s Underground system AKA the Tube.
The Emirates stadium’s address for satnav is as follows
- Emirates Stadium, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7AJ.
The stadium is located in a largely residential area which runs an “extensive day parking scheme”. This means that only residents with permits can park around the stadium on matchdays.
Train - Public Transport
As one might expect from a major city London is particularly well equipped when it comes to train stations with over a dozen or so offering national services around the UK.
The closest train station to The Emirates is Finsbury Park which has Overground services from King’s Cross. It’s not quite as convenient as the tube however as you will have to walk a little bit further.
The closest tube station to the stadium is Holloway Road, which is situated on the Piccadilly line (The dark blue one) but during matchdays the Arsenal tube station is what the fans take as Holloway road is closed. Originally known as Gillespie Road as depicted by the tiles near the platform. This was renamed in 1932 for Highbury and is the only tube station named after a football club.
Airports and Flying
Depending on where you’re flying in from there are six airports which are often sold as being “flights to London”.
They are in terms of distance:
- London City (BA CityFlyer, CityJet): 11 km
- Heathrow (British Airways): 22 km
- Gatwick (British Airways): 48 km
- Luton (Monarch, and Thomson Airways): 57 km
- Stansted (Ryanair): 64 km
- Southend (EasyJet): 64 km
Hotels Near The Emirates
London has a wealth of hotels and accommodation options to suit all budgets, but on average you’re going to pay a little more than anywhere else in the UK. Don’t feel you have to stay that close to The Emirates as there is great transport infrastructure in the city.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who plays at The Emirates?
English side Arsenal play their home matches at The Emirates.
What is the capacity of The Emirates?
As of 2021 The Emirates has an official seating capacity of 60,338 for Football matches.
When was The Emirates opened?
The Emirates officially opened in 2006 and is home to Arsenal
What is the postcode for The Emirates?
The postcode for The Emirates is N7 7AJ.
Are there any Covid restrictions at the stadium?
Covid Restrictions may be in place when you visit The Emirates in 2021. Please visit the official website of Arsenal for full information on changes due to the Coronavirus.