Owner: Arsenal Emirates Stadium | Built in
Address: Arsenal Football Club, Emirates Stadium, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park London, N5 1BU.
Club Front Desk: Tel – 020 7704 4000
24 hour Ticket Information: Tel – 020 7704 4242
The Emirates Stadium replaced Highbury as Arsenal’s football stadium. The Emirates’ lower tier is better in terms of atmosphere – the Orange Quadrant, in particular, is often cited as the loudest part of the stadium, with many fans towards the back choosing to stand during the game. It’s fairly shallow, and set back from the playing surface. There are two smaller tiers sandwiched between the lower and much larger upper tier.
The chances of getting Arsenal tickets for a Premier League game are very slim unless you’re an Arsenal member. Membership comes in three different levels: Red, Silver and Gold. Match prices range from £32 (lower tier, behind the goal) to £66 (upper tier, centre section). Matches against Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and West Ham attract higher ticket prices (£46 – £94).
The Arsenal ticket office can be contacted on 0207 704 4040.
GETTING TO Emirates Stadium
With Holloway Road out of bounds on matchdays, your nearest one is Arsenal tube station – turn right out of the station and follow Drayton Park around to the left before crossing one of the large bridges over the railway line across to the stadium. Other options within walking distance are Finsbury Park (Piccadilly Line) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria). Alternative is the overground to Finsbury Park Railway Station from Kings Cross and a 10 minute walk to stadium. Drayton Park Station is closes at weekends and you may find that some of the above tube stations are closed after the match due to overcrowding. May be that you take the mainline back to London, but it’s not as a big a hassle as the person walking next to you is making out.
Stick the address in your Sat Nav: Emirates Stadium, Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park London, N5 1BU.
Good luck. Very little parking at the stadium or in nearby streets and an extensive residents-only parking scheme operates around the stadium on matchdays. Park near to a local tube station (Cockfosters) and get the tube to the ground – worth the extra couple of quid. (See Watford for more)
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Where to drink
The Drayton Arms comes highly recommended for away supporters, minutes away from Arsenal Tube Station and Finsbury Park Railway Station the pub overlooks the stadium. A very pleasant experience in the sunshine, cheaper beer can be purchased from the off-licence next door and many have a can or six outside the pub. Two other options are the Twelve Pins which was formally the Finsbury Park Tavern before the landlord found the bowling alley next door, and the Blackstock which lies opposite. This is a perfect chance to get your retro football shirts on and reminisce about past campaigns with fellow fans. Both pubs welcome away supporters, the former has a better atmosphere but the latter boasts a large TV screen so you can watch football on TV with their Sky Sports subscription- perfect for late checks on starting line ups up and down the country as you keep an eye on your fantasy football team.
Where to Eat
Pricey but varied, the food is tasty and the beer is as one would expect. Fish and chips for £5.90, Pie mash & gravy costs £6.50, Scottish Cheeseburger £4, Hot Dog £3.50, Balti Pies are £4 (£4!), Minced Beef & Onion Pie (£4) (?), Roasted vegetables and cauliflower pie (£4) (that’s ridiculous), but you can get a slice of pizza for £2.50 – as long as they have some left as they have been known to run out of food quickly. Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow, £3.20 a pint.
Where to Stay
To find out where are the best bed and breakfasts visit: http://www.footballfancast.com/football-fancast-travel
The Arsenal Anthem (to the tune of Jerusalem):
And did those boots of Arsenal’s team Walk upon Highbury’s turf so green? And did they play with great esteem? The best football we’ve ever seen?
And with a cannon on our chest We play with heart, and mind, and zest And we are proud to be ArsenalIn Victory Through Harmony.
Hello, hello, we are the Arsenal boys, hello, hello we are the Arsenal boys, and if you are a Tottenham fan surrender or you’ll die, ‘cos we all follow the Arsenal. Hello, hello…(Marching through Georgia)