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Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)
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Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)
Advantages: Amazing Stadium
Disadvantages: £35-100 ticket prices
The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club who are based in North London. The stadium is currently called the Emirates Stadium due to sponsorship rights and is otherwise known as Ashburton Grove the road it was built on. Emirates currently have a 15 year deal with Arsenal FC. The stadium was built to facilitate and increased number of fans. The current capacity is 60,355. The old stadium is 5 minutes walk from the Emirates. If you ever go to the stadium take a quick look at the old Highbury which has now been turned into residential flats. The modern designs incorporated with parks of the old stadium which are grade ii listed are really swish.
Several tube stations in the area makes the Emirates easy to get to. Arsenal is the closest if your sitting in the northern proportion of the stadium while Holloway road is closest for the southern proportion. Highbury and Islington is another station followed by Finsbury Park. These are around 10 minutes walk from the ground but do get crowded on match days. I usually walk from Euston station to the Emirates which is 2.5 miles. Once you cross Holloway Rd nr the stadium you leave the crowds so it's a less populated route and you get to avoid the crowded trains.
Watching matches at the Emirates can be expensive and difficult to get hold of. I have a Red membership which allows me to buy tickets before they go on General Sale. This cost me £35 per season but apart from priority tickets I also get Arsenal player which allows me to watch the official online channel for free. Other benefits is that I could watch the team train in official invited sessions and meet some of the players which I have yet to do so.
During the pre season you should defiantly get down to the Emirates to watch the Emirates Cup. This is a 2 day tournament with 4 teams and 4 games. The tickets are cheap and its a great day out. This year I paid £30 a day, not bad considering Emirates tickets can range from £35-100 per game.
If you don't fancy watching a match the Emirates offers a stadium tour which costs £15 and takes around 1.5 hours. You can pay extra to have a tour from an Arsenal legend. While I was on tour we got to see the legend before he started work and got some photos so no need to pay the extra :). The tour gives you access to places you couldn't usually go. You get to see the home dressing room, press area, directors box (lovely seats) and sit in the dug outs. Once the tour has finished you then get free access to the Arsenal museum which is on site. Well worth a look.
If your looking for some Arsenal merchandise there are 2 stores. One is on site of the stadium and the other is nr Arsenal tube station before you go over the bridge to the stadium. Expect to pay a ridiculous amount for gifts. What I like about the stadium is outside the shop you have messages engraved onto the floor. This is called Armory square. You can purchase stones which are engraved with your personal messages. Lovely gift for a Arsenal fan and prices start from £50 which is cheap considering they will last a minimum 10 years. Merchandise is also available inside the stadium on match days in selected areas.
If you love Arsenal FC or not and your in the area pay it a visit. It's a beautiful!
Summary: Pay it a visit!
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