Outside The Emirates Stadium
The Emirates is a beautiful stadium, and all around the facade outside the stadium is this picture of Arsenal greats all linked arm-in-arm. If you have time, walk around the stadium and see all the great Arsenal players.
The most striking part of the outside of the ground was the a huge black block called the Spirit of Highbury 1913-2006. On this block, going from left to right is a picture of every Arsenal team during those 93 years. It is really an amazing thing to see, to see the kits change as well as the picture from black and white to colour. Not sure why Arsenal stopped at 2006, as it would have been nice to see it stretch all the way to today’s Arsenal side.
Inside The Emirates
The difference inside between the Emirates and the Old Highbury is night and day. The Emirates has more toilets, beer and food sections as well the largest seats in the Premier League. In short, it is very comfortable.
If you are going to be in town for a couple of days before an Arsenal match, I highly recommend an Arsenal stadium tour. I did mine recently with Arsenal legend Charlie George and it was brilliant.
By Tube and Rail
Arsenal (Piccadilly Line) is the nearest tube station, around three minutes walk from the ground. Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly Lines and Great Northern rail) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, North London Line and Great Northern rail) stations are around a 10-minute walk – these should be slightly less crowded.
King’s Cross is the main connecting station for national rail and many underground lines. From here you can travel to the ground via the Piccadilly Line (to Arsenal) or the Victoria Line (to Highbury & Islington). Alternatively, a short overground rail journey of one stop will take you to Finsbury Park station.
Please note: Holloway Road station will be exit-only before and after matches with pre match eastbound trains non-stopping. Drayton Park is also closed on match days.
Crowd management after matches at Emirates Stadium
To ensure safe entry and exit from local stations, a managed queuing system will be in place.
Queuing will be outside on Gillespie Road.
Finsbury Park station
Queuing will be outside on Seven Sisters Road/Isledon Road and St Thomas’s Road/Rock Street.
Highbury & Islington station
Queuing will be on the south side of Holloway Road. Spectators are advised to follow the route down Holloway Road as no direct access to the station or queuing system will be available from Highbury Fields.
Hornsey Road from Benwell Road to Holloway Road
Closed to pedestrians, emergency access only.
The junction of Drayton Park/Holloway Road
Police controlled crossing point where supporters will be queued and assisted across Holloway Road as quickly as possible.
Bus is a fast and convenient option with connections passing the ground on all sides. Main bus stops are located on Holloway Road, Nag’s Head, Seven Sisters Road, Blackstock Road and Highbury Corner. High frequency services will take you within a five to 10 minute walk of the ground and direct routes cover much of north and central London.
Further information on buses is available through www.tfl.gov.uk or consult the maps of local bus routes below.