The Emirates Stadium has been Arsenal FC’s home since 2006, replacing their previous stadium Highbury. The stadium has a capacity of 60,361 seats.
First plans for the construction of a new stadium arose in the late 1990s. Highbury had gotten too small and lacked the possibilities of expansion being enclosed by housing. A move to the new Wembley stadium was considered, but Arsenal preferred a location closer to Highbury.
In the end a site was chosen just a few hundred yards away from Highbury, and, after a few delays, construction of the stadium started in 2004. The total project budget amounted to £390 million.
The stadium officially opened on the 23rd of July 2006. The first match was a testimonial match played for Dennis Bergkamp featuring an Arsenal and Ajax side.
Due to the competition of nearby Wembley Stadium, the Emirates Stadium has never hosted the English national team, however the Brazilian national team has regularly scheduled friendly matches at the stadium. The stadium was furthermore chosen as a venue for England’s failed 2018 bid.
The Emirates Stadium lies in the Islington area, slightly north to the centre of London, approximately 2 miles from Kings Cross St Pancras railway station. There are plenty of bars and nightlife in the vicinity of the stadium.
The stadium is best reached by metro. The nearest tube station is Arsenal, on the Piccadilly line. Alternatives are stations Finsbury Park (Victoria and Piccadilly line) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria line and North London Line). From both stations it is a 10-minute walk to the stadium. Note that Holloway Road and Drayton Park stations will be closed pre-match and are exit-only after the match.
Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington station can also be reached by train. It’s a 5-minute journey coming from either Kings Cross or Moorgate station.
Supporters are not advised to arrive by car on matchdays, nor is parking available around the Emirates Stadium on non-matchdays.
Address: Emirates Stadium, London N5 1BU
Tickets for Arsenal matches can be bought online, or by phone 0844 277 3625 (from the UK) or +44 (0) 207 649 9003 (from abroad). Generally an Arsenal membership is required to be able to buy tickets. The most basic Red level membership currently costs £36.00. Arsenal sells out most of its matches, but with a membership card tickets can be available in pre-sale.
Arsenal matches fall into two categories, with category A tickets ranging in price from £51.00 to £100.00 and category B tickets from £35.00 to £70.00.
Arsenal offers the option to see the Emirates Stadium through a self-guided stadium tour. You can walk through the stadium at your own pace with the company of an audio guide. The route includes the changing rooms and players’ tunnel.
Alternatively the club offers guided stadium tours by an Arsenal legend. Both tours include access to the Arsenal museum.
The stadium is opened 7 days a week for self-guided stadium tours. Entry is from 10:15 am with the last entry at 4:20 pm (3:45 pm on Saturdays and 4:00 pm on Sundays). There are no tours on matchdays and the stadium may close earlier on the day before the match. It can take you anything from 55 to 90 minutes to make the walk round the stadium.
The legends tours start every day at 10:00 am with an extra tour on Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 4:15 pm.
The self-guided tour costs £17.50, the legends tour double. Museum access only costs £7.00. Tours can be booked online, by phone +44 (0) 20 7619 5000, or at arrival at the stadium (standard tours).
Relevant Internet links:
Arsenal.com – Official website of Arsenal FC.
Visitlondon.com – Official London city guide.
Tfl.gov.uk – Website of the London Underground and other London public transport.
Journeyplanner.org – Plan your journey around London (public transport).
Nationalrail.co.uk – Check train times and fares.