Arsenal – Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium is situated in North London and it is the home ground of Arsenal football club. The stadium officially opened its gates on 22 July 2016, and thus, it is one of the few modern football stadiums in the country. It was originally called Ashburton Grove but was soon renamed due to Arsenal’s naming rights deal with the Fly Emirates.

Emirates Stadium was completed at the cost of 390 million pounds, and it has a capacity of 60,704. It is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, also the owners of Arsenal FC.

How to get to the Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium is situated in North London and it can be accessed by multiple underground stations and bus routes.

For the Away Grounds team, we always check the fastest routes using Google Maps.

Here are the driving directions from Emirates Stadium to our AwayGrounds Office.

By Road

The stadium is located at 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU.

The fans driving from the North should follow the M6, merging onto the M1. Following the signs for Holloway / Central London / A1, one should take an exit at Junction 2. After the A1 merges into the Great North Way after about a mile, drive for a further mile before taking a slight left onto the North Circular Road. Continue for about ½ a mile before taking a right into Falloden Way. Continue to follow the A1 for a further 3½ miles, turning left into Sandridge Street. Take a sharp left turn after approx. 1½ miles onto Hornsey Road. The third exit at the roundabout leads to Emirates Stadium.

Fans arriving from the South are advised to use the M3 as far as junction 2, before exiting onto the M25 towards the M4/M1. At junction 15, take the M4 exit, signed London (W&C) / Reading / Slough.

After about nine miles, following the signs for M4 / London (W) / London (C), merge onto the M4. From there on, take an exit onto the A4 towards Chiswick / A315 / A205 /A308 /A406. At the Chiswick roundabout, take the first exit onto the North Circular Road (A406). Follow the A406 for about nine miles before taking a slight right into Falloden Way. The rest of the directions are then as above.

Additionally, numerous websites offer precise door-to-door directions to the Emirates Stadium. Entering “driving to Emirates Stadium” into a search engine should produce the appropriate results.

However, fans are strongly advised to not drive to the stadium during Arsenal matches due to road closures. The stadium is surrounded by a residential area, and Event Day Parking Scheme is in operation on match days to avoid disturbance to local residents. Hence, only vehicles owned by Islington residents or with special permits are allowed in the surrounding area.

Fans can also cycle to the venue. You can access a cycle guide, including maps of cycle routes, by logging-on to: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/. The club provides secure cycling parking close to the ‘Highbury House’ retail store on Drayton Park. Other cycle parking spots in the area can be found at this link – https://www.islington.gov.uk/roads/cycling.

By Tube & Rail

Public transport options are arguably the easiet way to reach the stadium.

Arsenal Station, originally called Gillespie Road, is the closest underground tube station to the stadium on the Piccadilly Line. From the station, it is a three-minute walk to the northern part of the stadium, via the Ken Friar bridge. Finsbury Park Station(Victoria Line, Piccadilly Lines, and Great Northern rail) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria, North London Line, and Great Northern rail) are other tube stations that can be used on game days. It is a ten-minute walk from both stations to the stadium. Holloway Road Station, on Piccadilly Line, is the closest tube station to the southern end of the stadium, but this station becomes entry-only before matches and exit-only afterward. Similarly, Drayton Park Station is not open on weekends and after 10 PM.

When it comes to National Rail, London’s King’s Cross is the major station closest to the stadium. This London Overground station connects the rail to multiple underground fans. Fans can take the Piccadilly Line to reach Arsenal Station and Finsbury Park Station or the Victoria Line to reach the Highbury & Islington station from here. King’s Cross also connects to Holloway Road Station and Drayton Park Station, but as mentioned before, both stations remain closed on match days.

By Bus

There are multiple bus stops located within 5-minute walking distance of the stadium. Fans can find these bus stops on Holloway Road, Nag’s Head, Seven Sisters Road, Blackstock Road, and Highbury Corner. Buses connecting most of Central and North London are available at these stops at high frequency.

By Air

Fans flying in can opt for any London airport – Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, and Stansted. However, the latter two are closest to the stadium.

Emirates Stadium tours

Arsenal Football Club facilitates a variety of Emirates Stadium tours for its fans. All the tours are available for purchase at the club’s official website, and tour tickets usually remain valid for three months.

The most common tour option available is a basic Stadium Tour which costs £17 for adults and £5 for kids. The self-guided tour includes access to Access to the Directors Box, Diamond Club, Players Entrance, Home and Away Changing Rooms, Players Tunnel, Pitchside and Home Dugout, Flash Interview Rooms, Press Conference Room, and Media Lounge. The fans also receive a personalized tour certificate.

The Legend Tour costs £50. This package includes a special 90-min guided tour by an Arsenal legend such as Charlie George, Nigel Winterburn, and Perry Groves. Fans can also indulge in Q&A and photos with their Arsenal legend. This tour costs £30 for kids.

The MatchDay Tour, available at £35, lets fans experience the build-up during the matchday. Fans get to visit Directors Entrance, Directors Box, Diamond Club, Players Entrance, Pitchside and Home Dugout, and Press Conference Room just hours before the kick-off.

Emirates Stadium Tour Video

Emirates Stadium Reviews

Just visited the Emirates for a stadium tour, which is free for members until July 11th, usually priced at £27 each. It wasn’t busy at all, the staff was really helpful, polite and chatty. It was a self guided tour so we got given a free pair of earphones to use. Plenty of photo opportunities especially in the director’s box and pitch side. Only paid for the professional photos at the end and got a free certificate too. So all in all not a bad day out.

Lovely stadium to visit got the tour here and visited the club shop, good stadium to visit to past time or looking for trips to do in London. the tour guide was very informative and big arsenal with great passion for the club which made the tour that bit more enjoyable. a few Chelsea fans were on the tour so there was good banter amongst the staff and people on the tour.

Emirates Stadium History

Emirates Stadium is a relatively new stadium in the context of the football history. For the most part of Arsenal’s history, Highbury was the home of the club. As the club emerged as a superpower in English football and a regular in European football, there was felt a need for a larger stadium. The club was also forced to play their European games at nearby Wembley Stadium because Highbury didn’t match the seating requirements set by UEFA. In 1997, Arsenal explored the idea of moving to a new stadium for the first time. This came after the club’s proposal to expand the capacity of Highbury Stadium was rejected by Islington Council. In 1998, Arsenal also explored the idea of buying out Wembley. In 1999, it was finally decided to construct a 60,000+ capacity stadium at Ashburton Grove, only 205 metres away from Highbury.

Initially, the stadium was expected to open ahead of the 2005-06 season. However, financial difficulties halted the construction in between and delayed the project. The construction concluded in the summer of 2006. As part of their preparation events, Arsenal first held an open shareholder day on 18 July 2006, and then, an open training session for 20,000 selected member fans.

Finally, Arsenal Football club moved into their new home on July 22, 2016, with a testimonial match, between Arsenal and Ajax, for Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, who had just retired. The stadium was officially opened by the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 26 October 2006. Queen Elizabeth II was initially expected to do the honours, but she couldn’t attend the ceremony due to a back injury.

Arsenal’s first competitive game at Emirates Stadium was a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, in Premier League, on 19th August 2006.

Currently, Emirates Stadium is the third-largest stadium, on the basis of capacity, in Premier League, behind Old Trafford of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Emirates Stadium Seating Plan

The current capacity of the stadium is 60,704. There are four stands in the stadium – East Stand, Clock End, West Stand, and North Bank. Clock End and North Bank are located behind the goals and are also famous for seating the most hardcore of Arsenal fans.

The stadium is also divided into four tiers – Upper Tier (topmost), Executive Box Level Tier, Club Level, and Lower Tier (next to the ground). The Upper and Lower tiers feature standard seating for fans. However, Club Level features premium-priced tickets and it also contains the Director’s Box. The Executive Box Level is also a premium seating space and it consists of 150 executive boxes of varying capacities of 10, 12, and 15.

The away end is mostly located in the lower tier of the southeast section of the stadium. The normal allocation for away fans is around 3000.

Emirates Stadium is one of the most expensive places to see football in Europe. A single Adult ticket can approximately range from £30 to £100, depending on the competition and the opponent. There is a high demand for the season ticket, and currently, there is a 40000+ long waiting line for it.

The stadium provides special assistance and watching space to disabled supporters. The North London club provides Purple Membership, which is exclusive for disabled supporters. As part of this membership, disabled supporters get access to tickets at half-price, in addition to a free ticket for a Personal Assistant.

Difference between Premier League and cup fixtures

Usually, the number of tickets allotted to away fans is around 3000 for Premier League and European fixtures. However, the allotment could increase for FA Cup and League Cup games. Tickets to cup games are also usually cheaper than those to Premier League games. Furthermore, tickets to Premier League fixtures at the Emirates normally don’t go to general sale.

Things to do around the Arsenal Stadium

For Away Fans

Pubs

Away fans must keep in mind that some pubs around Emirates Stadium restrict access to away fans on matchday. The closest options are available on Holloway Road and Highbury Park Road. For a wider variety of options, fans can head to the Islington area, which is 15-20 mins away from the stadium.

The Twelve Pins pub, nearby Finsbury Park Station, is one of the most famous pubs for both home and away fans. In the same area, the Blackstock is another decent option.

Drayton Park Pub, located near the Arsenal station, is also a hub a for away fans during matchdays.

Hotels

There are no hotels in the immediate vicinity as the stadium is located in residential area. However, a lot of options are available on the nearby Seven Sisters Road, a 15-min walk from Emirates Stadium.

For Home Fans

Pubs

For the home fans there are a lot of options with good atmosphere before the kick-off, such as The Tollington, The Gunners, The Coronet and more.

Shop

Arsenal fans might want to keep an eye out for the Armoury at the stadium. It is the flagship club merchandise store and it is located below the podium at the west side of the stadium, close to Holloway Road.

The statues of Arsenal legends Theirry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams are placed outside the stadium, and they are sights of interest for home fans, especially the ones visiting for the first time.

Events at Emirates Stadium

Over the years, Emirates Stadium has hosted a lot of concerts of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, Coldplay and more. Furthermore, it has been used as a location for audition rounds of TV shows like The X Factor, Big Brother and Britain’s Got Talent. These events mostly happen during the off-season.

Due to its proximity to the national stadium Wembley Stadium, Emirates has never been considered as an option for England matches. Instead, Arsenal’s stadium has been sort of a second home for the Brazilian national team. Brazil has played eight international friendlies at Emirates Stadium between 2006 and 2018.

Stadium Key Facts

StadiumKey Facts

Capacity

60,260

Address

Hornsey Rd, London N7 7AJ

Telephone

020 7619 5003

Fax

020 7704 4001

Ticket Office

020 7619 5000

Rival Club

Tottenham Hotspur

Pitch Size

105 by 68 metres (114.8 yd × 74.4 yd)

Pitch Type

GrassMaster

Year Ground Opened

22 July 2006

Record Attendance

60,161

Club Name

Arsenal FC

Rival Club

Tottenham Hotspur

Official Website

https://www.arsenal.com/

Facebook

Arsenal Facebook

Club Nickname

The Gunners

Construction Cost

£390 million

Owner

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment

Coordinates

51.5549° N, 0.1084° W

Emirates Stadium FAQ

Why is it called Emirates Stadium?

The reason why Emirates Stadium is named after the famous airline Emirates is because Arsenal FC have a sponsorship deal with Emirates, part of the deal is that the stadium needs to be called “Emirates Stadium”.

Where is Emirates Stadium?

Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London, N5 1BU England

When did Arsenal move to Emirates Stadium?

Arsenal moved into the Emirates Stadium in 2006. Prior to moving to the Emirates Stadium Arsenal played in Highbury for 93 years.

Is Emirates stadium real grass?

Emirates Stadium grass is a hybrid of grass system. It was installed by GrassMaster (previously known as Desso Sports). The hybrid technology was patented back in 1993.

How long does the Emirates Stadium tour last?

Emirates Stadium tour takes approximately an hour, However there isn’t a time limit. Note that if you leave the stadium you will not be able re-entry without buy another tour ticket.

Outside Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium Seating Map

Emirates Stadium Directions

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Emirates Stadium Wikipedia

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