Despite my undivided loyalty to my club, I have to admit I have a soft spot for Arsenal's Highbury stadium as this is the first ground I ever saw a match at. And even though this is approaching a decade ago, Highbury still for me is one of the best grounds in the Premiership.
The capacity is around 38,500, with around 2,500 seats allocated to away fans. The view is quite good, but if you are unfortunate in getting the ticket towards the back of the stand, the 'Curse of the Annoying Pillar' rears its ugly head. Catering at Highbury is rather disappointing as there is hardly a mouth-watering choice available - pies, a jumbo size hotdog, and tea/coffee/alcohol, and that's your lot.
Built in the early part of the last century, Highbury is situated in a residential area, and has a very cosy feel about it. The stadium is a very compact ground, and it is quite a feat to see 38,000 people pack it out. Away supporters enter the ground via the Highbury Hill entrance, and take residence in the South Stand (Clock End) and a small section of the West Stand.
During the late 80s/early 90s, Arsenal gained the tag of being 'boring', and I have to say that this extends to the atmosphere at Highbury. Where is the home support? You can hardly hear them!
There is a superstore, called 'Arsenal World of Sport' near the ground, selling all the Arsenal memorabilia. For supporters in the 'North Bank' there is a museum, with free access, and stadium tours can also be arranged.
The two jumboscreens offer prematch, half time, and post match entertainment, which includes highlights of previous games, interviews and match day highlights.
Whenever I have been to Arsenal, it has been as a away fan in the home end keeping very quiet, or as a 'neutral' watching them in Europe, but it was great to finally be there as a true away fan in the Clock End. It will be a shame to see this ground go at the end of day, but with the ambition of the club moving to the their new proposed stadium at Ashburton Grove, one can only hope that it retains the charms of Highbury.
Data supplied by Keef From - West Ham fan - 21st January 2003