The Emirates Stadium, also known as Ashburton Grove or Arsenal Stadium, is the home-stadium for Arsenal F.C. located in Holloway, London, England. It is considered as the third-largest football stadium after Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium. The overall capacity of the stadium is around 60.000 visitors.
The Emirates Stadium designed by HOK Sport, the winner of the stadium design contest of 2006, is the object of £430 million investment. The stadium has started its operation during the 2006-2007 football season and was officially opened on 26th of October 2006.
HOK implemented the plan of building the stadium at a 7.8-acre park with the public access. The secure area is located inside of the building allowing to free up the outside area for the public usage.
The stadium building is surrounded by box office, club's offices, disabled entrance, and 10.000-square meter store.
After receiving the denial from the Islington Council to expand the initial Arsenal stadium of Highbury, the home ground of Arsenal Football Club between 1913 and 2006, the possibility of relocating to a new stadium was explored by Arsenal in 1997.
The Arsenal game tickets are always in high demand and, therefore, the one might often need an Arsenal membership to acquire tickets, notably, tickets for those being a member of the team club are a bit cheaper.
The stadium offers fans and just visitors to share the matchday experience of the world-famous football players on a self-guided tour. The one will be able to go through the changing room, walk down the tunnel towards the football field.
Transport and access
The Emirates Stadium located in the Islington area northeast of Central London is served constantly by several London Underground stations and bus routes. Due to the well-developed and efficient transport system, the one may easily get from any corner of London to the Stadium within a few minutes.