Home to Arsenal Football Club and the third largest football stadium in England (Wembley and Old Trafford are larger). The Emirates stadium was opened in July 2006 following years of controversy around all areas of its development. Changing legislation governing the safety of football stadiums had significantly decreased the capacity of Arsenals traditional home at Highbury in the 1990’s and the local Islington Council had rejected plans to expand the ground. Similarly Arsenals attempts to move to Wembley stadium had been opposed and thwarted by various big hitter opponents, including the F.A. and, allegedly, FIFA.
Despite criticism and organised resistance from various groups the current site was acquired along with council permission for the new stadium. Work was begun in 2004 and the stadium was officially opened in October 2006. Various sponsorship deals were struck including a contract with Emirates Airlines which has given the venue its name. With careful attention to design, functionality, and user enjoyment, Emirates Stadium is regarded as one of the best of its kind and via an active programme of “Arsenalisation” the ground embraces and promotes all things Arsenal within the complex. Though not overly used as a live music venue Emirates does host large scale events of that type. Recent acts have included Green Day, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, and Muse. The stadium as well served by public transport and is close, or relatively close, to 4 tube stations ....... Arsenal, Holloway Road, Highbury and Islington, and Finsbury Park. It should be noted that special restrictions operate at these stations when a capacity event takes place. It should also be noted that stringent parking regulations are also in operation on match days.