I was a season ticket holder at Sporting Park in Kansas City for the first two years it was open before I moved to Europe. Sporting Park is one of the newest stadiums in the world and it has played host to MLS Cup, the MLS All-Star game, and a number of US Men's National Team World Cup Qualifying Matches.
Now take the awesomeness that is Sporting Park, multiply it by 10, and you have the Emirates. Blessed with a Diamond Club level that plays hosts to 120 men and women that pay 30,000 quid a season (and they have to pay for four seasons in advance) just to sit in some amazing seats.
The stadium is awesome, great seats - even up in the nosebleeds where I was there are padded seats and almost all the seats are shielded from rain.
As a side note DEFINITELY take the self-guided stadium tour. You can move at your own pace and go into places you will probably never be allowed on match day. It's cheap and it comes with admission to the Arsenal Museum as well.
Fabulous stadium. You can see the field clearly even from the very back rows. Everything is a class act. The staff are extremely helpful, especially if you are a total newbie American trying to get tickets for a visit on a February afternoon.
A few minor gripes (hence only four stars). No programs available inside the stadium at the beginning of the game (sold out?); no food available at half-time (run out); only two big screens for replays and news - one near us was at about a 10 degree angle and hence almost impossible to see; the other (at the far corner) was obscured by the roof. Two screens for a 60,000 person stadium seems on the very low side to me!
This is a sexy beast of a stadium. It's beautiful inside and out and is kept up with a great amount of care. There are often weddings held there, which has always amused me. There's a lot of room outside of the stadium with smooth ground and stairs that is often used by runners, dog walkers, and people on skates practicing for any number of things.
If you're here for a match, you can't take beer to your seat but can binge drink in the corridors if the mood strikes you. Even at the top of the stadium, the vantage points are good. I love this place on match days or any other time. Just don't make eye contact with me if I'm struggling to breathe while running up and down the stairs.
Beautiful stadium. Went there for a stadium tour mid week. Got to visit the directors box, diamond box, dressing rooms, Arsenals dug out. Worth the trip, memories for a life time.
2nd September 2007
Arsenal 3 - 1 Portsmouth
Goals: Adebayor (Pen) (8), Fabregas (35), Rosicky (59) / Kanu (60)
Arsenal's new stadium is probably the closest thing to a typical NFL stadium you will find in England. Perfectly symmetrical, the Emirates could be a Quidditch stadium.
British people don't like that overbearing massive spread-out feel with their stadiums, they like the intimacy that was innante of Arsenal's old stadium: Highbury.
Personally, I like the modern feel of it and can accept is as 'progress'. However, it will never compare with Highbury.
I visited The Emirates Stadium for the official tour, but unfortunately was not able to attend a match. However, the tour was excellent and I highly recommend it to Arsenal fans and sports fans in general.
The tour costs about 15 pounds, if my memory is correct, and last a little more than an hour. During that time you get to see the director's box and hospitality area, the home dressing room, the player's entrance to the stadium and the field, and the bench area.
Sit in Arsene Wenger's seat on the bench. Have your photo taken next to Robin van Persie's locker. Walk out onto the pitch and pretend you're taking the field for a Champions League match. You've got behind-the-scenes access to a beautiful new stadium.
Also included in the tour price is admission to the Arsenal Museum, which is definitely worth spending some time in. Much of the exhibition is interactive and it's fun to test your knowledge and look back at some of the great moments in this storied club's existence.
Everything that is wrong with modern football can be found at the Emirates Stadium. Never before has a stadium been so corporate and so lacking in atmosphere.
As touched upon in other reviews, there are a lot of corporate/executive boxes - which line up all around the stadium, meaning that there is a large percentage not available to the working-class football fans. Now, Arsenal fans have always been of the more quiet, timid variety anyway, so you can imagine how quiet and unappealing the stadium now is.
Whether the fans are just simply quiet, or whether it's more to do with the acoustics of the stadium is open to debate; but the fact remains that if you want an atmosphere on a Saturday you'd be better off going to your local pub.
The grass is wonderfully green, and the team play some attractive football which at times resembles that of a top side, but the joy of a football-going experience is not one you'll really find here. If you're in London looking for a team to go and see; you'd be far better off going to see West Ham or Tottenham; these teams may not fair so well in the league; but the teams are full of heart and the fans full of passion, the atmospheres can be truly electric.
Somehow I was hooked up with a ticket to see the Arsenal vs. Man U premier league clash a few months ago. That is the problem with the Emirates, you have to be very lucky to get a ticket. I guess you can say that about all the big stadiums though.
I have to say, the design of the building is incredibly annoying, and it takes you forever just to get into the place. The food is crap and over priced, and you can't drink beer while watching the game, The only good thing about the place is the atmosphere. I don't think that the corporate nature of the new stadium has rendered the place quite.
This stadium is at the cutting edge of sports entertainment venues. Once the football club made the decision to move from its beloved Highbury and build a new, larger stadium, it was obvious that only a clear step up would suffice.
There is not a bad seat in the house. There were some complaints during the first year that the stadium felt sterile, with bare concrete walls, etc., but I believe this is explained by the fact that the main infrastructure was completed quickly in time for the first game. Over time the club has begun the process of "Arsenalisation", and this is in full force now. The interior walls and corridors are now decorated, and once the huge pictures of historical figures were displayed around the outside of the stadium last year (see pictures), the complaints ended. It's clear that it has been adopted as the club's new home by all but the most reticent of fans.
What a stadium! Not a bad seat in the house, no obstructed views and comfortable seats. As with any stadium the food & drink is over priced but sneaking your own in is a doddle so no worries there. This place has a luxury feel about it, the toilets were clean even though there was a steady stream of users.
The stadium is also easily accesable from the stations (and the walk is great passing by the random stalls selling food and merch) and is brilliantly designed to look at from the outside as well. It's easy to navigate and find your seat as well which is always a plus.
In all this is one of the top stadiums in the country.
Coming from the United States, a stadium of this size is standard, and I understand it is uncommon in countries like the UK. With that said, I found the Emirates to be a beautiful and well designed stadium.
Easily Accessible: There are a number of tube stations to take to get here... and then it's a simple 5-10 minute walk. Signs are clearly marked directing you where to go.
Stadium Tour: I found the stadium tour to be lacking. The tour guide was knowledgeable, but he didn't talk much. He took us to each area: Director's Box, Player's Entrance, Dressing Room, Media Room... and he pretty much talked for a minute and then we sat around doing nothing... just taking pictures. I was heavily disappointed by this, and for that I reduce the rating of my review.
Even with the large size of the Emirates, seats are still relatively close to the pitch (though not as close as others), and hopefully I'll be able to watch a match here someday.
Great stadium, great facilities, easy to get to, but.....I aint no Arsenal fan :-(
My 200th review. Yes, Ashburton Grove, you get this special honor. Or is it "honour"...
From The Yard to Emirates. The American and The Brit have enjoyed many places together, many of them documented here with yelp, and one of the best was definitely at Emirates Stadium. Looking back I wouldn't have imagined Blighty gracing my reviews, especially a football stadium, but here we are. The Brit forbade me writing a review for The Emirates, but I can't help it! It deserves to be rated! Besides, if I've been sucked in now as a fan (which I think is actually fair to say), surely I can share the glory that is the Gunners!
I was taken to my first game immediately upon landing at Heathrow. I'm not kidding, we left the airport and went straight to a Gunners' pub and then to the stadium. It was great. The Chicken Balti pie. The ease in getting to our seats. The fans. Hell, even the bathrooms. Seriously, as a woman, bathrooms are important and you'd never expect nice ones at a sports arena. Emirates are kind to their women folk. They've got nice toilet paper (all of England has nice toilet paper) and the bathrooms all smelled like cinnamon. Yes, I said "bathrooms"... and no, I didn't go and have a bath in them. I guess the concessions are a little pricey, but doesn't seem any different than any other sporting event arena.
The stadium is a lovely structure, it really is. Great views of the pitch and it looked even more lovely when the sun beamed through during the second game I was lucky enough to attend. The fans are truly great and I fully respect the passion people have for (proper) Football. There is a grand picture of the teams throughout the years, many, many years to the present, outside the stadium. It's amazing and a wonderful creation. And the massive pictures of more recent players outside the structure are impressive. The grounds are really very lovely. The store is chaotic, full of families clamoring their way to a piece of a team that plays beautiful football. We had great customer service in easily exchanging a hat for a shirt.
But, the best part of it all? The team that plays at Ashburton Grove. I sat in the cold, bundled up and warned that if they didn't win the first game I was to blame and would never be allowed to return. I sat and watched The Arsenal with The Brit. I twisted my hands in nervousness and anticipation. I watched every second. I yelled and cursed and screamed and jumped up and down when they scored. I even got to share in a hug with the guy next to me that I didn't even know. Americans don't seem to do that as much. But, we were sharing in the joy that is The Arsenal. They won. Both games. 3-0. I got to go to both games. I think I'm good luck for the Gunners.
One helpful tip if going to watch a game, please allow at least an hour, and preferably an hour and a half, for travel time from central London. 60,000 fans making their way to and from the stadium at the same time makes for some very packed tubes and buses!
Tickets for Arsenal home games are hard to come by as there is a huge following. However, tickets for the low-profile games (FA Cup, Carling Cup, etc) should be obtainable 2-3 weeks in advance when they go on general sale on the Arsenal website.
Great stadium, probably the best of all of the London clubs. I've been here twice, once for corporate hospitality, and, can I just say that the corporate box was really good. The staff were professional, the food and drinks superb (we even got champagne), the betting people popped in just before the match in case we wanted to wager some money, and the restrooms were big and clean.
I probably wouldn't even have made a note about any of this had I not been to another London club's corporate hospitality and found it lacking compared to Arsenal's.
Makes watching football a joy to behold.
What a stadium!!!!!
I have been lucky enough to visit this place twice already, which I rate as pretty good for a non-Arsenal fan. The photos I upload with this review are from the Brazil-Argentina that the Emirates hosted to make some money. This is something Arsenal could never have done at Highbury as they purposefully made the pitch too small for International football, which led to the FA building Wembley.
On the subject of Wembley, both stadiums were being built at the same time. The Emirates cost about a quarter to a third of the cost of Wembley for a 60,000 capacity compared to 90,000. It was finished on time and on budget, unlike Wembley. Therefore I think it is truely amazing and commend AFC for taking the bold step to build the Emirates.
If you get offered a ticket ever...GO! They are still rather difficult to obtain for Arsenal members despite the size of the stadium. Prices range from about 20-80 pounds in the home areas i think and my away end ticket was 35 pounds, but it is a divine place to watch football.
Be warned that there are some werid rules about trying to get to and from the ground on public transport so don't plan to meet someone in town about an hour after the game finishes, as you will only get there if you are walking. Otherwise you will be queueing.
Yeah, they moved from Highbury, yeah, they shamelessly sold the naming rights, but dammit, this stadium showcases the best football available in London and gives the punters a fantastic view, no matter where they sit. Ok, the food available is terrible, but this is a football stadium after all.
How to see the stadium
You can pay for a tour most non-match days. Or, if you're cheap, or an architecture buff, the stadium usually participates in London OpenHouse weekend (Sep), so if you sign up early enough you can get in for free.
How to see a match
Tickets for all Arsenal games are made available to members first, and if any are left over they are then released to the public (via the arsenal website or box office at the ground).
Most premier league matches sell out before getting to the public (scalpers will be around on matchday to help you out/rip you off if you're desperate though), so your best bet is for other competitions (especially in the early rounds): League Cup, FA Cup, or Champions League. Paradoxically, these are probably the more entertaining: there's nothing like seeing Arsene's toddlers running rings around a team you've never heard of, or seeing the full-team battling against the best in Europe (which many consider too awkward, travel-wise, for a week-night). Be warned though: you might get hooked after watching a brilliant cup match, then shell out for membership and end up frustrated and bored to tears as you watch another inept draw or narrow loss in the league...
Otherwise, keep an eye out for international friendlies being played: Emirates has effectively become the UK home ground for Brazil when they're on a a money-spinning tour.
Went to watch Liverpool vs Arsenal.
I like the stadium but not the badge within the picture. This is a great new stadium but I am disgusted that the Gunners have out-prices the working class fan in favour of corporate sponsors and the wealthy. Football is losing its passions and personality and I partly hold sky responsible for this transposition.
Sky has done well to help mould the premiership into one of the best (if not the best) league's in the world, but all the money it has brought into the game is detrimental at the same time. How can they expect a fan to pay £75 to watch a 90 minute game of football. I am a realist
Arsenal's Emirates Stadium is certainly a spectacular venue despite being a couple of years old now. It has been constructed without any internal supports blocking any of the seats views so you are guaranteed to get a full view of the field even if many of the seats are a long distance from the actual action.
Unfortunately I found it a little souless as it is motly exposed concrete with integrated bars and burger sales points which all look the same. On the upper levels there are views out over London too, but not much to see in this part of Holloway.
Definately worth a visit if you get the chance to see Arsenal play, but otherwise somewhat disappointing.
I saw Brazil vs. Italy at the Emirates, so went as a complete neutral during midweek.
I was lucky enough to be with 14 other people in a box, so had a great view of the pitch from the upper tier in the corner. The way the stadium is curved in the corners makes it possible to have a great view from wherever you sit, and from up higher you really can appreciate the scale of the pitch and the stadium itself. What you can't appreciate is the aesthetics of the stadium though, as there aren't really any - as a previous reviewer has pointed out, it's a whole lot of exposed concrete!
One thing they have got right though is the acoustics. The stadium contains the sound amazingly well, and makes the atmosphere incredible. When a goal goes in and the crowd erupt the noise is quite something!
The other negative for me was that the big screen hanging from the opposite corner of the stadium was a)as far away from me as could be possible, and b)the top quarter of the screen was shielded by the overhanging structure of the stadium, so for replays of goals I missed most of the build up play which would have been useful as both goals occurred at the other end of the pitch from where I sat!
The hospitality at the stadium is good, we were served as much beer as we could drink, and although we didn't have a meal there, the settings in the main area within the hospitality suites looked amazing.
It's unlikely that I'll be back at the Emirates in a hurry as I'm not an Arsenal supporter, but if the opportunity arose to go and see a game here again I certainly wouldn't turn my nose up.
The stadium is great. The watching experience is amazing and every architect should take notes. It is pricey, but the quality of the football is very good and it is always nice to watch.
Surely one of the best stadiums in UK.
Home of my favourite team Arsenal, the experience watching a game
here compares to nothing. I had tickets for the match vs Sunderland
and besides the game was a draw the fans and the atmosphere was
great. The catering in the stadium is also one big plus compared to
the food in another stadiums. As Arsenal fan this is one of my
favourite places in London.
Every time a new stadium like this opens up I hope that it hammers another nail into the coffin for crumbling ground nostalgia. Who on earth would eschew a facility like this and instead want to spend two hours shivering on a tiny slab of plastic in a dank stand whilst their shins are scraped to the bone by the seat in front?
It's comfortable, relatively easy to get to, the toilets are clean (seriously!) and the concourses are spacious so it's quite a civilised experience. Hell, even the seats are padded!
If I had to quibble I'd say it could do with better food for the plebs (rather than just the prawn sandwich brigade) and more big screens. Quite reasonably priced beer though, which was nice.
Finally the prices don't always have to be so astronomical either. £57 for a seat at Ireland vs. Brazil is a bit steep. This ground needs to be full to the rafters to have a great atmosphere.
A World class stadiumfit to host any international event. This summer it played host to the Emirates cup showcasing some of the finest footballing talent from Europe. It also hosted the ruce Sungsteen Concert which was absolutely phenomenal.
Arsenal Supports and Non supports will agree that it is a wonderfully built stadium and nestled within is one of the finest kept pitches in the world.
It is a pretty impressive stadium and has a great atmosphere when packed with 60,000 fans. One thing I did notice is a lot of people left up to ten minutes early, whether because by then the game was safely won or not I do not know but certianly it was very crowded when we left as the streets around the ground are quite small and everyone is heading in the same direction. There are disabled facilities at the ground.
Not quite as impressive as Anfield though!!
As a Spurs fan, this is going to hurt to say, but it's an excellent stadium and well worth going to a match, whether as a home or away fan. The atmosphere is pretty good, but as with all football games, it depends on the opponent, the event and the quality of play. Facilities wise, everything is top notch. There are plenty of toilet facilities, the food is good (but pricey - no surprise there) and the seating is good as well.
As a football venue, I'm not keen on circular stands - you lose some of the closeness, but maybe I'm being picky. Also keep an eye out for more gigs being played here. They've just got a new licence to have three per year - and when Bruce Springsteen performed here, the atmosphere was brilliant. It was their first concert, so the sound wasn't great, but that will no doubt improve as time goes on.
I'm sorry, I just can't see what all the excitement is about. It's a nice enough stadium in 'modern' terms, in fact it reminded me of the City of Manchester Stadium with its rolling roof design.
Reading through the other reviews I noticed compliments on the hot dogs, the quality of the toilets, how 'nice' it looked and various other random nonsense. In terms of character it isn't a patch on Highbury, and in terms of prices, well at least Dick Turpin had the decency to wear a mask.
I've been here a few times courtesy of first aid duty (and hence have been pretty close up to the pitch), and have never felt luckier since friends of mine have struggled to get tickets. Being the 3rd largest stadium in London (after Wembley and one more), even a non-Arsenal fan like me can appreciate how big it is.
What can I say, it's a great place, the atmosphere is great during a game, and you get to watch a good team (though they could be better in recent days).
There are a number of tube stations servicing the stadium, but they all get packed after a match, which remains a big pain, and is likely why some leave early.
Nothing but an amazing beatifully crated stadium.. fans: greatest in the world, space: spacious enough!, food: michelin star lol, atmosphere: outta this world.
All in all, I am a Arsenal fan, but more importantly read through the rest of the reviews left, I posotive I'm not the only person singing this tune.
Watching a game at Arsenal's new stadium is an absolute must. It has been designed in such a way that wherever you sit you will have an excellent view of the pitch. Getting there couldn't be easier as there are two big tube stations really nearby. (Arsenal and Highbury and Islington) The stadium from the outide is absolutely amazing. It resembles a european stadium and is completely different to anything else I have seen in london. The best games to go to are the Carling Cup games as the atmosphere then is the best. The die-hard fans fill up the place and sing their hearts up. On these sort of occasions it is not as quiet as people claim.
Loads of pubs around the area for pre-match boozing.!
The Emirates is the most beautiful stadium I've visited (incl.half-doz.Olympic stadia). Facilities are superb, too.
Must advise, however, that the pointer on this map is at the wrong end of Drayton Park; the stadium is further north, in the apex of the rail triangle, near Arsenal Underground station.
The emirates is the football stadium that all others should be modeled. It is a whole new football watching experienceplus the standard of football is top-class.
Sampled a hot-dog and the catering was top compared to other football stadiums i have visited.
A great stadium. Nice comfy seats and warm water inside the toilets. Queues for food and drink were not too long either. An all-round great stadium.
I love all things Arsenal, Let's go you GUNNERS!!!
The stadium is absolutely beautiful. It is well designed & a very short walk from the Underground stations. The seats are comfortable & the crowd is great! Everyone loves the game & Arsenal. Awesome experience.
The Emirates stadium is a monolith of a stadium. The most expensive one in the entire country bar none, it opened to critical acclaim only two years ago to be home to Arsenal Football Club. As a Tottenham Hotspur supporter (if you don't follow football then, as side information, these two teams hate one another) I couldn't believe that I would find myself sitting amongst thousands of Arsenal fans at the Emirates.. however, my Arsenal supporting friend had snagged two tickets to one of the biggest games of the year, Arsenal vs Tottenham. Risking grievious bodily harm, I accepted his offer and watched one of the greatest games there will be this entire Premier League season. However, as a true Yelper I kept my eyes wide open for all the details I would need so that I could come back here and tell all you lovely people about it!
The stadium seats 60,335 people and the quality of just about everything is superb. The seats are wide and spacious, something no doubt made when considering the expanding waistline of the average British person. There is a massive screen at an upper-corner of the stadia and three tiers for seating. The seating is covered by a roof in case of rain, although the night I went there it was a bitterly cold yet crystal clear night.. At £63 for my upper tier tickets, I understand that this isn't something alot of people can do regularly but if your team is making their way down to play Arsenal and you get this oppurtunity by all means take it! If you want to experience a raw football atmosphere mixed with a top-quality stadium, come here. The food is reasonably priced considering it is a football stadium, but still not something I (as a penny pincher) would recommend you buy. The other thing is.. if your team is travelling to Arsenal, the sad fact is statistically they are probably going to lose! So be prepared to see this.. however, if your team is Tottenham and you are able to score two goals in the last four minutes, then you will immensely enjoy stealing points from right under the Gooners nose!
after watching many matches on tv, nothing compares to the energy of being there live. the crowd is nothing like the crowds at sporting events in the states. football fans here are hyped, chant, and have a great spirit and loyalty to their football club of choice. i get it, and i see why people are so mad about the sport.
the new stadium can hold 60,000+, although tickets are often hard to come by. if you're not a season ticket holder, hopefully you know someone who is and they can snag you a seat.
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