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Independent Gunners Online
Arseweb - 'The Arsenal website'
Arseblog (very interesting blog site even for Non Arsenal fans (foh webmasters)
Arsenal America (US and Canadian Arsenal Supporters site)
German Gooners (German language site for German Gooners!)
Up the Arse - fanzine site
Arsenal Images - Gallery of Prints and Cards for Arsenal fans
The Emirates Stadium is the most spectacular and technologically advanced football stadium in Europe, incorporating state-of-the-art facilities with stunning features from Arsenal's Highbury past.
The Emirates is a football stadium located on Ashburton Grove in Holloway, north London, and the home of Arsenal Football Club since it opened in July 2006. The Emirates Stadium was officially opened by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on Thursday October 26, 2006; it had been intended that Queen Elizabeth II would officially open the stadium as well, but she suffered a back injury and was unable to attend on the day.
The Emirates Stadium was a massive construction project covering 17 acres, construction started in February 2004.
The move to the Emirates Stadium last summer helped increase the club's turnover to more than 200million.
The stadium has an all-seated capacity of 60,432, making it the second largest stadium in the Premiership after Old Trafford, and the third-largest stadium of any kind in London, after Wembley and Twickenham. The stadium is a four-tiered bowl with roofing over the stands but not over the pitch. The stadium was constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine on the site of the former Ashburton Grove industrial estate, several hundred metres from Arsenal's former stadium Highbury. The upper (26,646) and lower (24,425) tiers of the stadium are standard seating. The most exclusive area in the stadium is known as the "Diamond Club" which is invite only and costs L25,000 up front plus L25,000 a year.
Due to the high demand for tickets and the relative wealth of their London fanbase, Arsenal expect the revenue from their premium seating and corporate boxes to be nearly as much as the revenue from the entire stadium at Highbury. In the north-west and south-east corners of the stadium are two giant screens suspended from the roof. The two bridges over the railway line by the stadium are called the Clock End and North Bank bridges, after the stands at Highbury; the clock that gave its name to the old Clock End has been resited on the exterior of Emirates Stadium facing the bridge of the same name.
The stadium name is often colloquially shortened to "The Emirates", although some supporters continue to use the former name "Ashburton Grove" for the new stadium, especially those who object to the concept of corporate sponsorship of stadium names. This discrepancy between official and unofficial names is similar to the manner in which Arsenal's former ground, Arsenal Stadium, is almost universally referred to as "Highbury" by supporters, the media and the club itself. Due to UEFA regulations on stadium sponsors, during UEFA Champions League matches the stadium is not officially referred to as Emirates Stadium, as Emirates are not an official sponsor of the Champions League competition; other stadia, such as the Allianz Arena in Munich, have fallen foul of this rule before.
Arsenal started looking to develop a larger stadium during the later part of the 1990s, as their existing ground at Highbury had a capacity of 38,419 when it became all-seater in 1993, which was lower than the stadium capacities of almost every other European football club of comparable stature.
However, finding a site for a new stadium in London was extremely difficult. At one stage they had considered moving to Wembley Stadium (Arsenal had played Champions League games at the old Wembley Stadium during the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons) but in the end pulled out of the plans. Despite Arsenal's presence in Islington for over 80 years, several local resident and business groups opposed the new stadium. The stadium became a major issue in the local elections in May 2006.
The first soccer match to be played in the stadium was between Arsenal and Ajax, where Arsenal won the game by 2-1. The site covered an area of 17 acres, and the programme consisted of four separate projects, namely infrastructure, the North Bridge building, the Northern Triangle, and the Emirates Stadium itself.
Unfortunately, while the fans will undoubtedly become more familiar with their surroundings, the Emirates Stadium (or indeed any new stadium that is built these days) will struggle to shake off the image of a money-making arena for the new breed of football fan.
The Emirates Stadium is situated in a residential area with a residents-only parking scheme in operation in the roads surrounding their ground.
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