General
Emirates Stadium
Ashburton Grove
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Emirates Stadium
Full name Emirates Stadium
Owners Arsenal F.C.
Location Ashburton Grove, London
Broke ground July 2003
Opened 22 July 2006
Tenants Arsenal F.C.
Capacity 60.432
Field dimensions 105 x 68 metres
(114.8 x 74.3 yards)
Highest attendance 60,161
(Arsenal-Manchester United,
3 November 2007)

The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium in Holloway, London, England, and the home of Arsenal Football Club. With a capacity of 60,338, the Emirates is the third-largest football stadium in England after Wembley 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. After considering various options (including purchasing Wembley), the club bought an industrial and waste disposal estate in Ashburton Grove in 2000. A year later they won the council's approval to build a stadium on the site; manager Arsène Wenger described this as the "biggest decision in Arsenal's history" since the board appointed Herbert Chapman. Relocation began in 2002, but financial difficulties delayed work until February 2004. Emirates Airline was later announced as the main sponsor for the stadium. Work was completed in 2006 at a cost of £390 million.

The stadium has undergone a process of "Arsenalisation" since 2009 with the aim of restoring Arsenal's heritage and history. The ground has hosted music concerts and international fixtures featuring Brazil.

Arsenalisation

In August 2009, Arsenal began a programme of "Arsenalisation" of the Emirates Stadium after listening to feedback from supporters in a forum. The intention was to turn the stadium into a "visible stronghold of all things Arsenal through a variety of artistic and creative means", led by club CEO Ivan Gazidis.

Among the first changes were white seats installed in the pattern of the club's trademark cannon, located in the lower level stands opposite the entrance tunnel. "The Spirit of Highbury" – a shrine depicting every player to have played for Arsenal during its 93-year residence – was erected in late 2009 outside the stadium at the south end. Eight large murals on the exterior of the stadium were installed, each depicting four Arsenal legends linking arms, such that the effect of the completed design is 32 legends in a huddle embracing the stadium:

Ian Wright George Armstrong David Jack Martin Keown
Cliff Bastin Tony Adams Liam Brady Thierry Henry
David Seaman Ted Drake David Rocastle Alex James
Patrick Vieira Reg Lewis Lee Dixon Joe Mercer
Dennis Bergkamp Bob Wilson Eddie Hapgood Charlie George
Nigel Winterburn David Danskin Kenny Sansom Jack Kelsey
Robert Pirès John Radford David O'Leary George Male
Ray Parlour Frank McLintock Steve Bould Pat Rice

Around the lower concourse of the stadium, further murals depicting 12 "greatest moments" in Arsenal history voted for by a poll on the club's website. Prior to the start of the 2010–11 season, Arsenal renamed the coloured seating quadrants of the ground as the East Stand, West Stand, North Bank, and Clock End. Akin to Highbury, this involved the installation of a clock above the newly renamed Clock End which was unveiled in a league match against Blackpool.

In April 2011, Arsenal renamed two bridges near the stadium in honour of club directors Ken Friar and Danny Fiszman. As part of the club's 125 anniversary celebrations in December 2011, Arsenal unveiled three statues of former captain Tony Adams, record goalscorer Thierry Henry and manager Herbert Chapman outside of the stadium. In February 2014, before Arsenal's match with Sunderland, the club unveiled a statue of former striker Dennis Bergkamp, outside the west stand of Emirates Stadium.

Banners and flags, often designed by supporters group REDaction, are hung around the ground. A large "49" flag, representing the run of 49 unbeaten league games, is passed around the lower tier before kick off.

International football matches

The stadium has also been used for a number of international friendly matches all of which have featured the Brazil national football team. The first match was against Argentina on 3 September 2006 which ended in a 3–0 victory for Brazil.

3 September 2006 Brazil  3–0  Argentina London  
16:00 BST Elano Goal 3'67'
Kaká Goal 89'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,032
Referee: Steve Bennett (England)
5 February 2007 Brazil  0–2  Portugal London  
20:00 GMT Report Simão Goal 82'
Carvalho Goal 90'
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 59,793
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
26 March 2008 Brazil  1–0  Sweden London  
19:45 GMT Pato Goal 72' Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,021
Referee: Mike Riley (England)
9 February 2009 Brazil  2–0  Italy London  
19:45 GMT Elano Goal 13'
Robinho Goal 27'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 60,077
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
2 March 2010 Brazil  2–0  Republic of Ireland London  
20:05 GMT Andrews Goal 44' (o.g.)
Robinho Goal 76'
Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 40,082
Referee: Mike Dean (England)
27 March 2011 Brazil  2–0  Scotland London  
14:00 GMT Neymar Goal 42'77' (pen.) Report Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Attendance: 53,087
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
29 March 2015 Brazil  v  Chile London  
15:00 GMT Stadium: Emirates Stadium

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