Arsenal – Saturday 28th October 2017 at 15:00
Address: Emirates Stadium, Highbury House, London, N5 1BU
Telephone: 0207 619 5003
Swans fans are in the lower tier of the South East corner. There are big padded seats but row height is shallow in the lower tier, so not the best view.
Away fans are very close to the home fans, giving a good atmosphere. The stadium oozes quality; it looks and feels that there has been no expense spared.
The concourse inside is not that spacious, but has a good choice of (pricey) food on offer, including fish & chips, cheeseburger, hot dog, meat or vegetarian pies, and slices of pizza, but there are usually large queues at the kiosks. There are plenty of TVs on the concourse and a Ladbroke outlet. Alcohol (Fosters, John Smiths’ & Strongbow) is served.
Shows on in London include The Lion King, Wicked, Thriller, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia, The Book of Mormon, Motown – The Musical, Les Misérables and Matilda, plus many, many more.
For more info and theatre tickets go to London Theatre Direct.
Wembley Arena (HA9 0AA) has on the night of the game Weezer Plus Ash & The Orwells; tickets are £41.50 – £68.50.
The O2 (SE10 0DX) has My Name is Prince – The world premiere of the first ever official exhibition about Prince. Opening 27th October it gives fans the chance to get up close with the music legend’s life and work at this exhibition which will celebrate the legacy of one of pop music’s most influential figures. Tickets are £12-£25.
On the night of the game Daryl Hall & John Oates are there, tickets are £45-£95. On the Sunday it’s Steely Dan, tickets are £53.75 – £141.
As its London, you could make a mini-break of it, especially as you are spoilt for choice for places to stay and you can easily find accomodation to suit any budget.
Pubs and Grub
The ‘Drayton Arms’ (N5 1ND) is the main away fans pub; near Arsenal tube station and Drayton Park railway station. The pub overlooks the stadium and just a stroll away. Get there really early, as it gets mega busy on matchdays, with pavements used too.
‘The Twelve Pins’ (N4 2DE) is near Finsbury Park tube station. Home and away fans mix in there and it’s a 10-minute walk from the ground. ‘The Blackstock’ (N4 2DL) opposite The Twelve Pins, also welcomes away fans, and has a big screen showing Sky Sports.
There’s also the ‘White Lion of Mortimer’ (N4 3PX) a Wetherspoons, five minute walk from Finsbury Park Tube Station on Stroud Green Road.
For pie fans, on Gillespie Road between Arsenal Tube Station and the Emirates, is Piebury Corner. It’s in someone’s front garden, but the range of pies at £3.50-£5 is excellent.
There’s not much parking at the stadium or nearby with residents only parking around the stadium. It’s not worth trying to find street parking with traffic wardens on the rampage on match days.
There is parking at the Sobell Leisure Centre (N7 7NY), a 10 minute walk away from the stadium; £6 up to 4 hours, or £15 for longer.
Best to park near a tube station such as Cockfosters and tube to the ground. Cockfosters is best for fans coming from north; it’s 4 miles south of the M25. It has its own car park but full over 2 hours before kick off. It can be difficult to exit after the game, with most drivers crossing the main road to go north.
Nearest tube station is Holloway Road (Piccadilly line), but it’s closed on matchdays, as it has lifts, not escalators; fans should head for Arsenal tube station, it’s only a few minutes walk to the stadium. Leaving the station, turn right and follow Drayton Park Road to the left, take one of the large bridges over the railway line to the stadium.
Other tube stations that can be walked are Finsbury Park (Piccadilly line) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria line). Overland trains to Finsbury Park Railway Station are from London Kings Cross.
It’s a 10 to 15 minute walk to the stadium. After the game, loads of tube stations are shut due to overcrowding so a long walk to find one open. Sometimes the police recommend taking the train into Kings Cross, to get to central London.
After the game you’re better off walking to Finsbury Park than wait in the long queues at Arsenal tube. To get to Finsbury Park, walk past Arsenal tube station on your left and take a left into St Thomas’s Road. The station is at the end of the road.
Trains from Swansea to Paddington (4 hour journey due to maintenance work) leave at 07:39, 08:40 & 09:40. Trains back to Swansea are at 18:12, 19:12 & 20:12.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!