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Highbury (Arsenal Stadium): All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

Arsenal Stadium, formally known as Highbury, was the home of Arsenal FC from 1913 to 2006. In its final years it had a capacity of 38,500 seats.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Wednesday, 29.June 2022 — 3min read

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Arsenal Stadium was the home of Arsenal FC from 1913 to 2006. In its final years, it had a capacity of 38,500 seats. The first game at the new Highbury stadium was played on September 19 1909 against Sheffield United, with Arsenal winning 2-1.

On September 6, 1913, the first match at the stadium took place. The tie between Arsenal and Leicester Fosse was won by Arsenal 6-3. At that time, the stadium consisted of one main stand and a series of terraces.

In 1925 Arsenal purchased the land on which the ground resides and seven years later a new grandstand consisting of two tiers was constructed. The stand could seat 4,000 people and had standing capacity for 17,000 more.

In the 1930s, despite their relegation in 1931, attendance remained high because Arsenal were a formidable team. In 1933, when the club won the FA Cup for the first time in their history, attendance reached 87,874 spectators. Arsenal's record attendance was achieved in 1935 when 73,295 fans witnessed Arsenal drawing Sunderland (0-0). This was a high attendance number because Arsenal were a formidable team and they had just won a cup. In 1933 when they won the FA Cup for the first time ever, attendance reached 87,874 spectators.

One year later, in 1936, the East Stand opened. In 1948, during the Olympic football tournament, the stadium hosted a few games.

Only small changes were made to the stadium over the following decades and it wasn't until 1989 when the Clock End got renovated that any further major redevelopments took place.

Over a few years, work began to convert Highbury into an all-seater stadium. Part of this conversion involved the demolition of the North Bank terraces and construction of a new North Bank stand.

However, due to theground's limited capacity and lack of expansion possibilities (being enclosed by residential housing), theclub started looking into moving away from Highbury, and in 2004 construction of the Emirates Stadium started.

The last league match at Highbury was played on the 7th of May 2006. Highlights of the 4-2 victory over Wigan were a hattrick scored by Thierry Henry and an injury-time goal by Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal Stadium was subsequently demolished and the site was redeveloped into residential flats. Just the exterior of the art-deco East Stand and West Stand remain, and were incorporated into the new developments. The pitch has been turned into a communal garden.

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  Richard Ohalloran wrote: 25 April 2015 at 2:07 pm I have fond memories of the old Highbury. I played for the amateur side 64/65 called Plastow Gunners, because the Arsenal arsenal didn't have south east counties sides. I remember it was US the reserves and the first team most of the time we would train in the indoor pitch back of the clock end Don Howe would coach us most of the time. With some of the first team players, they really made you feel as if you belonged to a great club.

I have fond memories of playing for the amateur side 64-65 called Plastow Gunners. This was because the arsenal didn't have south east counties sides, so most of the time we would train at the indoor pitch back of the clock end Don Howe would coach us. Along with some of the first team players, they really made you feel as if you belonged to a great club.

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