The Emirates Stadium (known as Ashburton Grove prior to sponsorship, and as Arsenal Stadium for UEFA competitions) is a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal FC. With a capacity of nearly 60,000, it is the third-largest football stadium in England after Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford.
In 1997, Arsenal explored the possibility of relocating to a new stadium, having been denied planning permission by Islington Council to expand its home ground of Highbury. The stadium has undergone a process of "Arsenalisation" since 2009 with the aim of restoring Arsenal's heritage and history. The ground has hosted international fixtures and music concerts.
The Emirates has a capacity of over 60,000 making it the second largest league football ground in the country. The stadium is comprised of four tiers although the middle two are very small and purely for club members and executive box holders. There is also an underground car park for staff and any commercial vehicles that need access.
Up to 3,000 visiting supporters can be accommodated and they're housed in the lower tier of the south east corner of the stadium. Cup matches will see bigger allocations given, if required.
The tickets, and food/drink within the ground, are pricey. An exception is made for the League Cup, when the home side often vastly reduce the admission price to ensure a greater attendance (tickets sometimes available for as low as £10).
Just outside the entrance to the away turnstiles at the Emirates Stadium itself, there are some food and drink kiosks.
The traditional pub for away supporters is the Drayton Park, which is located near to Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway station. This Courage pub overlooks the Emirates Stadium and is only a few minutes’ walk away. However, as you would expect it can get extremely busy on matchdays, with drinkers spilling outside onto the pavements.
Another option is to drink around Finsbury Park tube, to the north of the ground, where The Blackstock and The Twelve Pins (both easy to find as soon as you come out of Finsbury Park tube station) are both welcoming of home and away supporters and are not much more than a 10 minutes stroll away from the ground.
Parking is almost impossible to find around the stadium. Permit holder signs adorn the lamp posts of many a street and to be honest, unless you're willing to pay £10 to park in any of the nearby 'football' car parks, travelling in by tube always seems to be the best option.
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