The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal Football Club. With a capacity of 60,338, the Emirates is the third-largest football stadium in England after Wembley and Old Trafford.
In 1997, Arsenal explored the possibility of relocating to a new stadium, having been denied planning permission by Islington Council to expand its home ground of Highbury. After considering various options (including purchasing Wembley), the club bought an industrial and waste disposal estate in Ashburton Grove in 2000. A year later they won the council’s approval to build a stadium on the site; manager Arsène Wenger described this as the “biggest decision in Arsenal’s history” since the board appointed Herbert Chapman. Relocation began in 2002, but financial difficulties delayed work until February 2004. Emirates Airline was later announced as the main sponsor for the stadium. Work was completed in 2006 at a cost of £390 million.
According to the official website of the club http://www.arsenal.com these are the ways to get there:
BY TUBE AND RAIL
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.
Bus is a fast and convenient option with connections passing the ground on all sides. Main bus stops are located on Holloway Road, Nag’s Head, Seven Sisters Road, Blackstock Road and Highbury Corner. High frequency services will take you within a five to 10 minute walk of the ground and direct routes cover much of north and central London.
IMPORTANT ARRANGEMENTS FOR MATCHDAY COACH TRAVEL TO EMIRATES STADIUM
Arsenal Football Club would like to set out their arrangements for supporter coach travel to Emirates Stadium.
All access routes to the Queensland Road coach parking site will be closed by the Metropolitan Police Service 2 hours before the start of a match. Late arriving coaches will not be permitted into the area and will not be allocated a parking space.
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.
Cycling is easier than you think. It is a quick and healthy way to make your journey and saves you a lot of money. Why not avoid the crowds and queues by cycling to the stadium? Emirates Stadium is fully accessible by bicycle. There are a number of cycle routes through the area, and as Islington is a small, relatively flat borough, it’s a great way of getting to the stadium. Routes across London are mapped out on Transport for London’s London Cycle Guides, a collection of 19 maps covering the whole of London. You can obtain a cycle guide by logging-on to: www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles.
Emirates Stadiums Tours – Prices
Adult–Self-Guided Audio Tour Pass (includes Museum)-£18.00
–Guided Legends Tour (includes Museum)-£37.50
Unsder 16’s–Self-Guided Audio Tour Pass (includes Museum)-£9.50
–Guided Legends Tour (includes Museum)-£18.50
Family (2 Adults, 2 children under 16)-£44
Souvenir Brochure £5
Emirates Stadium Self-Guided Audio Tour – Operating Hours:
Monday – Saturday: Open:9.30-Last Entry:17.00-Exit By:18.00
Sunday:Open:10.00-Last Entry:15.00-Exit By:16.00
Emirates Stadium Legends Tour – Operating Hours:
Monday –Sunday:Starts at 13.00
Emirates Stadium Museum – Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: Open:10.30-Last Entry:18.15-Exit By:18.30
Sunday:Open:10.30-Last Entry:16.15-Exit By:16.30
Matchday:Open:10.30-Last Entry:1 hour before kick-off