London isn’t short of big football stadiums, from Arsenal and Chelsea, to Spurs and West Ham. But the newest and shiniest of them all is Arsenal’s Emirates stadium.
Now, I’ve said that at Manchester United’s ground, you could see the money they’ve spent. Well the Emirates stadium is almost as big as old Trafford, but it’s shiny too ‘cos it’s so new!
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Review of the Arsenal stadium tour
Northerners will be familiar with the Emirates stadium as they pass it on the way into London – it’s massive and red, and you can’t miss it! It only opened in 2006, to replace Highbury, so I’d never been inside until I got hold of this Emirates stadium tour.
When you’ve seen one stadium tour, you’ve seen them all – that’s certainly what I felt after travelling across the UK on an unofficial tour of stadium tours. And it’s certainly true up to a point – the museum, a walk down the tunnel out to the pitch side and a quick nosey at the dugout.
And of course the changing room, that’s always the most popular part of these tours.
Emirates stadium tour – Arsenal football stadium
I had a standard tour which was really interesting and suited me fine. If you pay a bit more, you can have a ‘Legends tour’, where a footballer from Arsenal’s past leads the tour and lets you into a few secrets. You can probably imagine that as a Leeds fan, I’m not that familiar with legends from Arsenal’s past such as Charlie George. But if you’re buying this tour for an Arsenal fan, then it can make the experience really special.
Good things about the Emirates stadium tour
- It’s huge and shiny
- If you like Arsenal, you’ll love seeing behind the scenes
- As always, your guide really makes the experience
Bad things about the Emirates stadium tour
- It would be nice to have a walk right up to the top of the stadium and peek at the boxes and of course you can’t actually walk on the pitch – but that’s like all the other stadium tours