Friday, August 22, 2008

September 23 2007 - Emirates Stadium

Okay okay.. so this is the most important place for me to visit in London...

Say it out loud~

If u are a ManUre/Chelsea/Liverpool/Hotspurs fan, please, click the 'X' on the top right corner of your web browser and leave...

Otherwise, proceed..

Yeah! The Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club...

The entrance to the Arsenal home ground

What?? I'm obviously a Gunners, remember? What else can be more important that visiting the home ground of the football club that I've supported since I was a kid??


The stadium itself, is actually just part of the Arsenal home ground, which also includes the merchandise store, ticketing booths and a museum...

The stadium

Obviously, there's a ManUre fan in here

We took the Stadium + Museum Tour.. £12 per person, but if u book in a group of 10, like us, it would be £100, making it £10 per person...

Let's start...

There's a few parts of the stadium tour: VIP Lounge, Dressing Room, Pitch Side & Conference Room, as well as the Museum Tour...

VIP Lounge

Executives seats in the lounge

It's like a dining room, the lounge.. they serve food and drinks for all the VIPs here...

VIP viewing area

There's 50 of these seats.. each with names printed on the seats to indicate the seat owner.. 2 notable names here are Danny Fiszman (largest shareholder) and Keith Edelman (managing director)..

There's a price to pay for being a VIP at the Emirates Stadium.. u can't be a VIP for just 1 match, it's a season long privilege, not too expensive.. just have to fork out £££ in the 6 digit range.. forgot the exact price though...

Alternatively, u can pay £10 for the stadium tour and have a glimpse of what it's like...

And even get a few seconds on the chairs and take a couple of photos

Here's the view from the VIP viewing area

Panoramic view of the pitch

Next stop will be the dressing room.. on our way, we passed by the Away Team Arrival Lounge..

It's a room filled with posters of Arsenal legends scoring spectacular goals.. looks intimidating, and rightly so.. the room is intended to scare the shit out of the away teams...

There's another thing that caught our attention in this lounge..

Time capsule

The capsule contains all kinds of souvenirs and memorabilia from the Highbury era... the tour guide said there's even a Vieira's boot and Henry's jersey in it..


Dressing Room


The jacuzzi bath for the players

Nah, this is the dressing room

Arsene Wenger Tour guide briefing us

There were too many people, and too few player seats, and to make matters worse, there's 1 birthday boy and 1 birthday girl for our session, so there's alot of time wasted in the dressing room, and not enough time to take photos...



And an educational poster in the room

Pitch Side

This is where Gallas and company waits to take to the pitch

Do u know whose chair I was sitting on?

Exactly, Wenger's seat.. woohoo!!

Conference Room

That's our birthday boy and birthday girl

No, usually this room is not used to celebrate birthdays.. This is where Arsene Wenger introduces new signings to the media..


That's all for the stadium part of the tour.. before heading to the Arsenal Museum, we headed to the merchandise store to do some shopping...

The thing is.. when it comes to shopping, we tend to forget the cameras...

Can only show u this, came from the store :D

If u haven't already know, Arsenal is nicknamed the Gunners, and that's why I call myself RealGunners...

When they are called Gunners, I hope u don't expect they use some pussycats to represent them..

This, is what represents the Gunners

They have 2 of these cannons outside the stadium, supposed to be facing Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) and White Hart Lane (Hotspurs) respectively..

Museum

We don't get any tour guides for the museum, it's open for us to wander around at our own leisure...

Here's some photos in the museum...


And there u go.. my Emirates Stadium Tour... personally my most anticipated place to visit in London...

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