Arsenal - Emirates Stadium
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Arsenal FC, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London N5 1BUTelephone:
020 7704 4000Fax:
020 7704 400124 hour Ticket Info:
020 7704 4242Box Office:
020 7704 4040Dial-a-Ticket:
0870 3800 232Clubcall:
0891 20 20 20Capacity:
2,914DIRECTIONS & PARKING For a street map of the area & the ground click hereBy Road
Supporters are strongly advised not to drive to Emirates Stadium. The ground is situated in a mainly residential area with an extensive Event Day Parking Scheme in operation. Only car owners with resident's permits will be allowed to park on-street in the designated areas and any cars parked illegally will be towed away.By Rail
King's Cross is the main connecting station for national rail and many underground lines. From here you can travel to the ground via the Piccadilly Line (to Arsenal) or the Victoria Line (to Highbury & Islington). Alternatively, a short overground rail journey of one stop will take you to Finsbury Park station.
Arsenal (Piccadilly Line) is the nearest tube station, around three minutes walk from the ground. Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly Lines and Great Northern rail) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, North London Line and Great Northern rail) stations are around a 10-minute walk - these should be slightly less crowded.N.B.
Holloway Road station will be exit-only before and after matches with pre match eastbound trains non-stopping.
For an Interactive London Underground Map CLICK HERECrowd management after matches at Emirates Stadium
To ensure safe entry and exit from local stations, a managed queuing system will be in place.Arsenal station
Queuing will be outside on Gillespie Road.Finsbury Park station
Queuing will be outside on Seven Sisters Road/Isledon Road and St Thomas's Road/Rock Street.Highbury & Islington station
Queuing will be on the south side of Holloway Road. Spectators are advised to follow the route down Holloway Road as no direct access to the station or queuing system will be available from Highbury Fields.Hornsey Road from Benwell Road to Holloway Road
Closed to pedestrians, emergency access only.The junction of Drayton Park/Holloway Road
Police controlled crossing point where supporters will be queued and assisted across Holloway Road as quickly as possible.Thoughts:
With the Emirates, the whole occasion just seems as if it is one big corporate event rather than a football match. Plus the view from the Away end is not that great and you almost question if the stadium did indeed hold 60,000, as the large gaps in the corners below the stadium roof, gave 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 pretty poor in all honesty and because of the shallowness of the seats and the spacing it is difficult to get a real atmosphere going.
Away fans at the Emirates Stadium are housed in the lower tier of the South East corner. The normal allocation for away fans will be 3,000 tickets, but this can be increased to around 6,000. Although fans will 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 new stadium.
Entrance to the stadium is by a 'smart ticket', whereby rather than giving your ticket to a turnstile operator, you enter it into a ticket reader to gain entry. The concourse inside is not that spacious, but just about adequate. There is quite a choice of food on offer. Although pricey it looks pretty good and includes; Fish and chips (£5.90), Scottish Cheeseburger (£4), Hot Dog (£3.50), Balti Pie (£4), Minced Beef & Onion Pie (£4), Roasted vegetables and cauliflower pie (£4) and probably the best value a slice of pizza for £2.50. Alcohol is available in the form of Fosters or John Smiths at £3.20 per pint. However a crowd of fans form into a scrum around the kiosk. It would have been nice if a proper queuing system had been put in place. There are plenty of flat screen televisions on the concourse to keep you entertained, plus there is a Ladbroke betting facilityPub Guide and extras
The traditional away pub The Drayton Arms is even nearer the new stadium than it was to Highbury. We assume this will remain the "designated" away pub and our coaches will be parked alongside as per previous seasons.
The area is full of decent pubs with likes of The Twelve Pins and The Blackstock (both near Finsbury Park Tube) also welcoming away fans. This old pub guide may still prove useful:http://www.highburyhigh.co.uk/Pubguide.htmAway Fans:
Adult - £49
Over 65s - £21
U16s - £19
Wheelchair & PA - £24.50Stadium Plan