Arsenal vs Stoke City
Sunday 11th January 2015 | Kick Off 1.30pm
AFTER 93 years at Highbury, Arsenal moved just down the road to the magnificent Emirates Stadium in 2006.
Designed by HOK Sport, who also drew the plans for Stadium Australia in Sydney, and built by Sir Robert McAlpine, the Emirates has a seated capacity of 60,432 and was completed on time and within the budget of £390m.
The stadium has four tiers - the lower is fairly shallow but with large capacity, and above is the Club tier which has corporate boxes with seating in front.
Above that is the third tier - only 8 rows deep which fit entirely under the fourth tier and has a semi-circular shape, which does give an uneven appearance set against the level roof line.
The stadium was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh and later visited by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006. In all, the Emirates complex covers 17 acres and enables Arsenal to admit an additional 400,000 spectators over the course of a season as compared to Highbury.
Away supporters are housed in the Lower Tier of the Clock End (South East corner).
AWAY SUPPORTERS' AREA
Refreshments are available in the Away Supporters' Area at the Emirates from two hours prior to kick off for afternoon matches and from 6.30pm for evening games.
An 'early bird' special is on offer up to 45 minutes kick-off with supporters able to purchase a pie and a pint or large soft drink for £5.
The nearest cash machines can be found at the Tesco on Drayton Park road, and next to The Arsenal Highbury House store also on Drayton Park.
NO cash machines are available inside the stadium and supporters wishing to purchase refreshments are advised to bring cash as queues to pay by card are sometimes significantly longer.
From the Britannia Stadium take the M6 southbound to join the M1.
Continue southbound towards London, leaving the M1 at Junction 2 following A1 (Great North Way) towards North Circular Road East.
Follow A1 (signposted City, Central London) and take second right onto A1 (Fallowden Way), then Archway onto the Holloway Road.
After Holloway Road Tube Station on the right, take the next set of traffic lights and turn left into Hornsey Road - stadium is about 500 yards down this road.
There is very little street parking for cars and residents-only permit restrictions apply in nearly all the surrounding streets.
It's better to park further out and travel in by Underground - White City or Cockfosters have nearby parking.
155 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 3 hours 10 minutes
Travel from Stoke-on-Trent Station to London Euston.
Then on the Underground, take the Northern Line from Euston to King's Cross St. Pancras. Change onto the Piccadilly Line and then travel northbound to Arsenal station.
On exiting the station, turn right and go onto Drayton Park road. Take one of the bridges ahead which go over the railway line, and the stadium is ahead of you.
Alternatively from Euston, take the Victoria Line northbound to Finsbury Park and walk from there.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for train information.
ENGINEERING WORK & POSSIBLE DELAYS
Engineering work is taking place on a number of services on Sunday and will have an impact on travelling times.
There are likely to be disruptions to supporters planning on travelling from London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, Cambridge and Hertford East services.
As a result the following alterations will apply:
- A direct express bus service will replace the Stansted Express between Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport.
- A replacement bus service will operate between Broxbourne and Stansted Airport
- A replacement bus service will operate between Broxbourne and Hertford East
Arsenal FC strongly advise all supporters to plan their journeys in advance and leave plenty of time ahead of the 1.30pm kick-off.
BBC Radio London broadcast on 94.9FM while Capital Radio is on 95.8FM.