ARSENAL V STOKE CITY
Sunday 22 September 2013
STADIUM INFO //
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, renowned Olympic venue and built by Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, 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.
For away supporters, 3000 seats are normally available for Premier League games but more for Cup games. These are located in the Lower Tier in the South East corner or Green Zone.
YOUR ROUTE //
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.
PARKING INFO //
There is very little street parking for cars - residents only permit restrictions apply in nearly all the surrounding streets so it’s better to park further out and travel in by Underground - White City or Cockfosters have nearby parking.
TOTAL DISTANCE //
155 Miles. Journey time - 3 hours 10 minutes.
TRAIN JOURNEY //
The closest usable London Underground stations are Arsenal Station and Finsbury Park Station, both of which are on the Piccadilly Line. From Arsenal Station, the ground is only a few minutes’ walk – 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.
Trains from Stoke-on-Trent to London all terminate at Euston Station.
LOCAL RADIO //
BBC Radio London broadcast on 94.9FM while Capital Radio is on 95.8FM.