Arsenal FC, Arsenal Stadium, Avenell Road, Highbury, London N5 1BU

well I never knew that?

  • Arsenal's capacity is 39,000 but in the '30s crowds were over 60,000.The record attendance is 73,295 for a game with Sunderland in 1935.
  • In 1923 Highbury became the first English ground to play host to the foreign country. (England v Belgium)
  • During the development of the North Bank, a horse and cart fell into a hole dug for the foundation. THe horse was put down and is still buried there.
  • The tude station outside the ground was called Gillespie Road until Herbert Chapman had it changed to 'Arsenal' in 1932. It's the only station in London to be named after a football club.
  • Highbury was the scene of the first radio broadcast of a match (Arsenal v Sheffield United in 1927) and the first TV transmission (when the first team took on the reserves in 1937).
  • During the World War II the ground became the First Aid post. A 1000-pound bomb was dropped on the site, destroying most of the North Bank and during the was Arsenal's home ground was White Hart Lane!
  • Arsenal were one of the first clubs in Britain to have undersoil heating (installed in 1964 and cost 15,000).
  • The Arsenal pitch is the smallest in England (just 110 yards by 71 yards).
  • The new North Bank Stand is one of the most modern in Europe, having its own club shop, resturant, games arcade, creche and museum. It holds 14,000 spectators and cost 15 million to build.
  • The club has two giant 'Sony Jumbotron' TV screens which show pre-match videos, highlights and away games. One of the screen was sent to Orlando for the World Cup.
  • On a match day Arsenal have 37 food stalls, ordering 3,600 hot dogs per game as well as 135 barrels of larger, which works out to around 3,500-4,000 pints.


    Following the club's formation in 1888, Arsenal had a handful of grounds in south-east London before they moved to Highbury in 1913. The were seen to be treading on the toes of local club Spurs and the rivalry between the clubs remains to this say. Built on the site og St John's College playing fields, the stadium was mainly open terracing with only one stand until the 1930s when the current East and WEst Stands were built. In 1935 the home end, the North Bank, was covered and the awway end received its famous clock. The stadium then stood unchanged fot over 50 years until the Clock End was re-developed with executive boxes in the late '80s. With the introduction of the Taylot Repost, the famous North Bank was demolished in 1992 to make way for a two-tier stand.

    ticket info

    Tickets for each home match go on sale two calendar months in advance. Tickets are sold at maximum of four per person. You can buy them in person, by post or by ringing the 24-hour credit card hotline. Seat prices are:
    (members only) 11 (5.50 for Cannon Club memebers and 5 for Junior Gunners).

    how to get there

    FROM NORTH Exit M1 junction 2, following City signs. After Holloway Road Station take third exit into Drayton Park, then right into aubert Park for ground.
    FROM SOUTH From London Bridge follow signs to Bank of England then Angel. Turn right at a traffic lights to Highbury roundabout into Holloway Road then third right into Drayton Park (then as north).
    FROM WEST Exit M4 junction 1 towars Chiswick (A315), then left after 1 mile (A40) to M41 then A40M to A501 Ring Road. Turn left at Angel to Highbury Roundabout (then as south).

    phone info

    Want to keep in touch with what's happening at Highbury? Use the following numbers to keep up date with all the latest 'Gunners' ticket info and merchandise.

    CLUB.........................(Tel) 0171 226 0304
    ...................................(Fax) 0171 226 0329
    FAN CLUB.........................0171 226 0304
    DIAL-A-TICKET...............0171 226 4050
    RECORDED INFO...........0171 359 0131
    TRAVEL CLUB.................0171 359 0205
    GUNNERS SHOP..............0171 226 9562
    WORLD OF SPORT..........0171 272 1000
    SPORTS CENTRE.............0171 226 2150
    BOND LINE..........................0345 198991
    JUNIOR GUNNERS..........0171 226 0304
    CLUBCALL...........................0891 202020

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