The Emirates Stadium is the home of Arsenal Football Club, opening in 2006 to replace their former long term home at Highbury.
Having outgrown Highbury and being refused planning permission to expand, the club sought alternatives. One idea explored was purchasing the old Wembley Stadium, however Arsenal eventually settled on moving to a new 60,000 seater stadium just a short distance from their former home.
The stadium officially opened on the 22nd July 2006, hosting Dennis Bergkamp’s testimonial match between Arsenal and Ajax.
The Emirates has never hosted an England international, however it has hosted a number of friendly matches for the Brazil national team – the first being a 3-0 win for the ‘hosts’ over Argentina.
The stadium will also a host a semi-final at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, the first time the stadium has held a non-football event.
Tickets at Emirates Stadium
Arsenal are known for having some of the most expensive tickets in the Premier League, with tickets difficult to purchase without a membership.
Tickets are in three categories and range from for non-members:
Category A: £65.50-£97
Category B: £37.50-£56.50
Category C: £27-£39.50
Tickets are available to purchase online, by phone (0344 277 3625) or at the Arsenal North Bridge Box Office beside the All Arsenal shop on Drayton Park.
Location & Travel to Emirates Stadium
The Emirates Stadium is located in the Highbury district of North London, part of the London Borough of Islington and approximately 4 miles from central London. Being in London, the stadium has extensive transport options:
Airport: The two busiest airports in the UK serve London and between them have flights to most of the world’s prime destinations – Heathrow Airport is 17 miles west of the Highbury district, with Gatwick Airport approximately 31 miles south of the stadium.
Bus: Bus routes 30, 17, 91, 259 and 393 serve Holloway Road and Highbury Corner close by to the stadium.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to London and offers over 10 routes from Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Norwich and Sheffield. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: The stadium is served by the following main roads:
- From North: A1, A503, M1; passing Edgware and Highgate
- From South: A1; passing the City of London and Clerkenwell
- From East: A12 & A406 onto A10; passing Stratford and Hackney
- From West: A40, A501; passing through Central London
There is no car parking on site at the stadium and parking in the residential area nearby is extremely limited.
London Underground & Trains: The stadium is served by three train stations on both the underground, overground and national rail lines:
- Arsenal (Piccadilly Line): less than a 5 minute walk to the stadium.
- Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly Lines and Great Northern rail): approx. 10 mins walk to the stadium.
- Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, North London Line and Great Northern rail): approx. 10 mins walk to the stadium.
The closest national rail stations are London King’s Cross station (3.5 miles away) and London Euston station (3.8 miles away) which offer services across the country, and can be accessible using the underground and overground network above.
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Emirates Stadium Tour
Arsenal offer stadiums tours of the Emirates, seven days a week between 10am and 4pm. There are different tours to choose from all which include entry to the Arsenal Museum – a self-guided tour, a matchday tour and a stadium tour with an Arsenal legend.
The self-guided tour costs £25 for Adults, £20 for Concessions (65+, Students & Disabled), £16 for Children (5-15 years) and free for Children under 5.
Further information and booking is available on the official website.