The Emirates Stadium is all seater, with a capacity of 60,500. It is the home of Arsenal FC.
The stadium is actually called Ashburton Grove, but is named the Emirates Stadium due to a sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines.
Designed by HOK Sport (who also designed Sydney’s Olympic Stadium), the stadium, which opened in 2006, had a build cost close to £400 million. Away fans are housed in the lower tier of the South East corner. This lower tier is quite shallow, meaning that the view is not as good as it should be in a new stadium.
How to Get To the Emirates Stadium
The Emirates Stadium is located in Ashburton Grove, Holloway, London N5 1BU.
Away fans driving from the North should follow the M6, merging onto the M1. Exit at junction 2, following signs for Holloway / Central London (The City) / A1. The A1 merges into the Great North Way after about a mile, which should be followed for a further mile before taking a slight left onto the North Circular Road. After about ½ a mile take a right into Falloden Way and continue to follow the A1 for a further 3½ miles, turning left into Sandridge Street. There is a sharp left turn after approx. 1½ miles onto Hornsey Road. Take the third exit at the roundabout, leading to Ashburton Grove.
Drivers arriving from the South are advised to use the M3 as far as junction 2, exiting onto the M25 towards the M4/M1. At junction 15, take the M4 exit, signed London (W&C) / Reading / Slough. Keep right, following the signs for M4 / London (W) / London (C), merging onto the M4, after about 9 miles. 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, taking a slight right into Falloden Way after a further 9 miles. 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.
Overland trains connect from London Kings Cross station to Finsbury Park, which is only a 10-15 minute walk from the stadium. Away fans should note that Drayton Park station, located very near the stadium is closed at weekends.
The nearest convenient tube station is Arsenal, on the Piccadilly Line, just a few minutes from the Emirates. On exit, fans should turn right, following Drayton Park Road and using one of the railway brides to reach the stadium. Other convenient tube stations are Finsbury Park (Piccadilly Line) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line). Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport to the Emirates Stadium is London Heathrow at a distance of about 19 miles. The Heathrow tube station connects with the Piccadilly Line, allowing easy access to the Emirates Stadium (see above). Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in London that can take you to and from the Emirates . You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
Driving to the Emirates Stadium is definitely to be avoided, as strict match day parking restrictions operate around the stadium. Additionally, there is a total ban on vehicle movement in surrounding roads, one hour either side of the start and finish of a match. For those with no alternative to driving, parking at a tube station some way from the ground is recommended (Cockfosters is popular), followed by a hassle-free tube trip to the stadium.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Emirates Stadium
Recommend “away friendly” pubs include the former Finsbury Park Tavern, now renamed the Twelve Pins, close to Finsbury Park tube station. Within 10 minutes of the stadium, it offers a good mix of home and away fans, receiving high marks for its congenial atmosphere.
Immediately opposite, the Blackstock pub has received decent reviews from visiting fans and offers a large screen with Sky Sports and Setanta. The Drayton Arms which overlooks the ground is the nearest pub suitable for visiting fans but gets uncomfortably busy on match days.
Hotels near the Emirates Stadium
The Hilton London Islington is located at 53 Upper Street, London, N1 0UY, within 1½ miles of the Emirates Stadium and in close proximity to popular tourist attractions. This modern, stylish hotel has a 4-star rating, offers on-site parking and has attracted excellent reviews from fans visiting the Arsenal ground.
For those with a smaller budget, Travelodge London Kings Cross is situated at 100 Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9DT, within walking distance of Kings Cross St Pancras tube station, just a few stops from the stadium. Visiting fans have described the rooms as basic but functional and more than adequate for a one-night stay.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Emirates Stadium?
On the whole, visiting fans have been greatly impressed by their visit to the Emirates Stadium. Many have remarked upon the excellent facilities, offering highly padded, comfortable seats with ample leg room. The public address system was noted as excellent by away fans, being audible without the deafening quality of those in other grounds.
Most considered a day at the Emirates a rewarding experience and would have no hesitation in recommending it to other fans. On the downside, numerous visiting supporters complained of the intimidating atmosphere brought about by the proximity of the home fans. Others, while impressed by the stadium’s looks, were disappointed by the view of play offered from the lower tier seats they were allocated.
The refreshments served inside the ground have also received considerable criticism, in terms of quality, available range and prices, which were considered to be extortionate.