Stadiums – can we improve ours?

We’re good. City and Utd are sorted. So what’s going on with Chavs, Spuds and Pool. Surely they’re overdue upgrades. Anyone know what’s going on, and while we’re on the subject, any thoughts on improving our gaff?

Oh, and are The ‘ammers seriously moving into the Olympic Stadium, and exactly how far from the pitch will they be squatting in their cages?

Just a thought on Chelsea. What a dump that bit of it is. Many years ago I lived at The World’s End (border Chelsea/Fulham), and heard a great explanation why there are no Tube’s within the Sloane Sq, Fulham Broadway, Parsons Green triangle. Apparently that’s where the Plague bodies are buried. I concluded the resultant drinking water table pollution might explain the local inhabitants “difficulties”. Just a thought.

Back to our gaff. Ok, I’m in the minority in hating those giant blu-tacked on posters around the outside, and the hideously vulgar listing of dates when we won stuff around the top tier (err, modesty?), but what should be done to really lift match day experience.

Personally, I couldn’t care less. Go. Watch game. Leave. However, I do understand some like to get there early, soak up the atmosphere and eat and drink. Strikes me that it’s all good if you’re in Club or Box level, but for most it’s absolute crap. Seriously overprice shite food and drinks, with nowhere to sit. What about outside around the ground? Nothing. Of course they’re trying to get people inside to splash their cash, but really, is it working?

When I went to the game at Bayern last season, they have a system where you cannot spend cash inside the stadium, you buy a card/voucher and put however much you like on it. The food was better than ours and the drinks way more reasonable. Loads of seating everywhere and many fans there early.

Over to you. Stadium thoughts?

Written by MickyDidIt89

102 Responses to Stadiums – can we improve ours?

  1. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning Micky.

    I’ve never been to The Emirates so my opinion, as usual, counts for nothing. However from a TV viewers perspective it does appear to be on the sterile side and lacks an Arsenal character.

    I’ve heard so many thoughts on the poor atmospherics due to the design, but whenever there is a “big” game the noise level goes up several levels – which proves its the “fans” issue and not the design.

    Highbury was a nice and homely sort of ground that one thought of as home and we got so used to its lack of facilities that one no longer thought too much about what was missing.

    It will be very interesting to see what happens to Liverpool and Tottenham as they go through the trauma and expense of moving home and filling their new grounds – it should be no problem for Liverpool but I have my doubts with Spurs.

  2. GunnerN5 says:


    I sincerely hope that your daughter in law does not suffer unduly during this stage of her treatment. Friends who have had the same treatment told me that the initial stages were the worst as the body adjusted to the shock.

    Tell her that the Arsenal blogging community wish her well and urge her to stay strong and resolute.

  3. Vinay says:

    I think the open stands which allow fans to stand and watch the game may be a good idea. I know its an ll seater stadium but then its looks more like we are in an auditorium than a football ground. So i would love to see no seats, just stand and watch section. Of course they should be priced lesser and should have a maximum number of entrants pre decided.


    Cheers Micky

    I don’t like the Grove set up much. The things just a great big bowl and the stands are not close enough to the pitch

    Whilst ime in my grumpy mode, i agree about the banners. I don’t even like the statues, the club is bigger than any single individual

    if I was around in Moses time and Aaron Ramsey built a golden football for the Israelites to worship, I would have gone ape shit.

    The club should revisit the Stadium design. Bring the stands in closer and add some extra seats here and there to give some distinction to each end. At the moment the only way I can tell which end ime at is by use of a compass.

    Not many people know this Micky, but in the nineties I was Subbuteo champion for the Bounds Green & Arnos Grove district.

    I was unbeatable at home because I would bring the stands closer to the pitch thus intimidating my opponent and cramping his flicking motion. I also used to bribe the ref.

    This is what Arsenal need to do.

  5. Norfolk Gooner says:

    G’day all, Well done Micky, yes “our gaff” could be improved by installing safe standing areas. Half the time, half the crowd stand anyway, so why not regularise the situation. Standing will increase the capacity so could lead to cheaper tickets, yeah! I’m kidding with that one 😀 .

    How about a fan’s band? They could play the theme from the Great Escape, badly, just like at England games. That would get the crowd going….home most likely.

    There was a bit of talk about golf earlier this morning, but do to internet problems I couldn’t comment, but as that’s all cleared up now, here’s my thoughts on the subject…

    “Golf, a good walk spoiled”. I really can’t see the point of it. Blokes in dodgy trousers walking round a field with a bag of sticks on a trolley. AND people not only pay to do it, they pay to WATCH. Barmey!!

  6. chás says:

    I’m really looking forward to watching some live golf at Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup. One of the best days out watching sport you’re ever likely to have. 🙂

  7. chás says:

    Though watching 22 overpaid prima donnas kicking a pig’s bladder around a field does figure highly on my sporting spectator scale.

  8. chás says:

    I’d like a complete stadium re-design with the lower tiers brought closer to the pitch right around the ground.
    The upper tier should overhang Club level and the boxes, thereby hiding them and bringing the upper tiers much closer.
    Ideally I’d like to be able to gob from the front row of the upper tier right on to Patrice Evra’s head.

    Inside the fans should refuse to pay £4.50 for a hotdog a £4 for a pint of piss, forcing the club to change its policy. But neither will happen, even though the moaning about ‘most expensive’ seats in the universe will continue.

    The only change which might happen would be a standing section. Could be big news in about ten years time.

  9. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas, perhaps that’s the trouble, I’ve obviously only watched dead golf up to now. How does live golf differ? Do the blokes in dodgy trousers juggle with their balls in the bunkers? Or do they all go for a bit of rough beside the fairway?

  10. chas mobile says:

    If you hold your shaft with the correct two-handed grip, you will never look back.

  11. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas, If I was using a two handed grip on my shaft, I’d certainly be looking back in…. great fear.

  12. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Where are you Eddie, come and raise this conversation out of the gutter. please. 😀

  13. arnie says:

    Lovely stuff, Micky. 🙂 Most of the issues that I care about have already been touched upon, so well done chums.

    The atmosphere within the ground should improve. But this is more up to the fans. The bile spewers should be thrown out. Anyone caught boo-ing should have their season tickets confiscated, IMO.

    Standing stalls will be good, and a band will actually be brilliant. Anything that encourages fans to come early and leave late is brilliant. I went to watch the Dortmund game with Chas and Ant, and the Dortmund supporters were brilliant. In teh ground an hour early and continuing to sing till well after the game. Wow! Why cant we do more of that. GiE should get a free ticket every home game, IMO.

    About the stickers and the statues I dont care a flying fig. And I actually like the steps at the entrance. They have character and an intimidating feel on the away fans, IMO.

  14. arnie says:

    Twatter has it that Spuds are planning such a huge stadium that half is likely tio be empty. Do I give a flying fig? 😛

  15. arnie says:

    Chas, when you are in Gleneagles, are you coming to visit us in Dundee? 😛

  16. arnie says:

  17. arnie says:

    And thats 5. 😛

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    Chas @ 3:38.

    You are correct golf is a “gripping” sport.

  19. kelsey says:

    I have never been to The Emirates but it is fairly obvious that with an additional 22000 people compared to Highbury,together with the construction which I am sure was very carefully thought out,you will lose atmosphere.Then add the corporate section who supply big bucks to the club but very few are interested in Arsenal let alone football.

    There have always been fans that arrive late,leave early and in a small minority,boo.

    United resolved the problem by building up on the existing stand and I believe Liverpool have scratched the idea of building a new stadium and are also looking to extend there existing ground.

    Stamford Bridge used to have a dog track around it and the few times I went one could park outside the ground.Now they would have to move out of their ground to another borough to expand further.Shame.

    A standing section would be great and the hard core vocal supporters would relish it.Just listen to the 3/4ooo at our Away matches they are magnficent and often put the home fans to shame.
    Me, I am too old for that malarchy but the passion and adrnelin rush is always there.

    Fans are now customers,sad but true..

  20. Eddie says:

    NG – I am here, fear not. But I’d much rather not get into a conversation of Chas and shifts. I tried it once, googled his idols and then received an email from authorities warning about accessing semi legal porn sites. Thanks, but no thanks. Me is Catholic, sort of anyway.

  21. Eddie says:

    The Stadium. I am not sure if there is much room for improvement there, it seems perfect to me. I usually pay very reasonable prices for tickets, great seats and packed lunch included. The company is bit iffy, but hey, nothing is perfect, init?

    I am not sure why dear Didit finds the posters outside vulgar or dates around the stadium not modest? I like it all. Photos of great dudes make me look and smile and dates are just a piece of writing, not a big deal.

    Actually, now that I am thinking clearly, I could improve THOF. Firstly – let’s do away with the visitors section. It is clearly not needed and it’s only purpose is to annoy ticket paying Gooners.

    Secondly, we should have swearing and not-swearing sections. Maybe even seriously swearing one. That way I wouldn’t receive some dirty looks from mums with kids, that should be at Butlins instea, but would not be subjected to some absolutely vile stuff from my countrymen.

    thanks for a thought provoking post!

  22. arnie says:

    Wellington Silva joins Almeria on loan

    Actually good news for Wellington, after loan spells at lower divisions Spanish clubs.

  23. arnie says:

    Ah, glad to learn Evonne believes in authority figueres. 😛

  24. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Chas, you’ll have to spit an awful lot further to reach Evra’s head now, he’s gone to Juventus for £1.2 million and good riddance.

    Thanks for the warning Eddie, no way will I try googling anything of Chas’s. 😀

  25. Eddie says:

    I do? No!! I am a rebel

  26. arnie says:

    Norfolk. 🙂

    I thought so, Evonne. 😛

  27. Norfolk Gooner says:

    Eddie, I think your swearing sections is a good idea, but they would have to be flexible to take into account a wet Monday night in February coupled with a one-nil home defeat courtesy of a very dodgy penalty. 😀

  28. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening all,
    The Emirates is a fantastic stadium, don’t like the walks from the pubs to the ground though, and once there more walking, Got tickets up in the gods behind the goal, by the time me and the Mrs reached the seats we were done in and you needed bins to see the players. and oxygen. The library is getting better, nothing to do with the stadium, the fans just seem to worn out by all the walking. We was lucky we got the elevator to the upper level but the steep climb to the very top made us think twice about going to often, Half a lager for £4 and fish and chips that i needed a mortgage for has told us to have a restaurant meal afterwards next time we go.

    As far as the swearing, i am no prude and i can use the language with the best of them, but when there are kids and women is it necessary, specially screamed out at the top of their voice,

    A football game is a spectacle for all to share, sing as much as you like but look who is around you before you scream obscenities

    Nice post Micky.

  29. GunnerN5 says:

    Talking about golf.


    I just bought a DVD titled “Tiger Woods, “My favourite 18 holes”.

    Turns out it’s all about golf and an absolute waste of money!

    Pass this on so others don’t get scammed.

  30. evonne says:

    steve – swearing is a problem around women and children – it’s a good idea to ban them from the Ems

  31. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evonne 🙂

  32. arnie says:

    not so sure, Evonne, natural instincts I guess. I went with Mrs to see the home game against ManUre. quite a few kids around us. every time an expletive escaped ny breath, a sharp elbow nudge from the missus followed. but what do you do? natural instincts, I guess.

    OK, children I still do understand, but pray why should one be restrained in front of women? 😛

  33. stevepalmer1 says:

    Evening Arnie, We all have our own views and who’s to say who is right, but i still feel protective when i am with the Mrs, and when i am not with her i feel the same way with other women. I know most women can swear with the best of them, but when they do that, they open the flood gates.

  34. arnie says:

    Steve. 🙂

  35. chás says:

    “googled his idols and then received an email from authorities warning about accessing semi legal porn sites”

    How dare you besmirch my reputation?

    I have never, and will never, have any idols. Everyone is flawed, else they wouldn’t be human.

    As for what you choose to google, well that’s your problem. Semi-legal porn sites, indeed.

    No more offers of tickets and free packed lunches for you.

  36. evonne says:

    that is probably because JC didn’t renew his season ticket and nothing to do with your reputation 🙂

  37. evonne says:

    you are right gorgeous, I checked my phone and you never said that JP was your idol, but merely first in the queue. I am sorry.

  38. chas mobile says:

    Who’s JP?
    Oh, and JC did renew..

  39. chás says:

    Still none the wiser.
    First in the queue for what?

  40. The Cockie Monster says:

    I love the ground !. Changes ?…….make it 7 sections inside and lettered A,R,S,E,N.A.L.

    Section A(1) is for Atheists . They don’t believe in Dennis !…..the bastards !.

    Section R for Religious types and when the Atheists start singing….”who the fcuking hell are you ? “, the Religious types can sing….” Blaspheme when they want, blaspheme when they want, the atheists, they blaspheme when they want ! ”

    Section S is for Sex. Where you can have sex whilst watching the game, so even if Arsenal don’t score, you will !…..Transplant wont be allowed in this section as he can only have sex whilst smoking !.

    Section E is for Euthanasia !……Spud fans will be allowed to end their lives here in natural sun light after years of misery for living in our shadow !.

    Section N is for Nudists !. They will only be allowed in having their bodies painted in Arsenal colours and will be required t jump up and down like the Dortmund fans !.

    Section A(2) is for Anal !. Broke Back and Gay Gooners section for Men !. ” we love your Arse , we do ! “. Probably the section where the “morning crew ” will hang it out !. hahaha

    Section L is for Lesbians !. Seeing as I will be in the Atheists section and it will be next to Section L, then fcuk the football, I will be watching some girl on girl action !.

    I say we now put it to a vote !. hahaha

  41. The Cockie Monster says:

    PS……..I`m currently looking for volunteer stewards for Section L !. Anyone interested ?.

  42. chás says:

    Tedious rubbish seems to be your forté.
    You’d fit in well with the “morning crew”. 🙂

  43. Eddie says:

    I don’t mind sitting in the L section, they are more fan than grumpy and boring old men 🙂

  44. The Cockie Monster says:

    Thanks for the invite, chas !, but you guys get it up a bit too early for me !. 😀

  45. Eddie says:

    Micky – I got very excited about joining SAS. Sadly, I don’t think I am a suitable candidate 😦 I would fail the following tests:

    1 a 40 miles (64 km) march with full equipment scaling and descending Pen y Fan in 20 hours.[81] By the end of the hill phase candidates must be able to run 4 miles in 30 minutes and swim two miles in 90 minutes

    2 resistance to interrogation (RTI), lasting for 36 hours – I would spill the beans in the first 36 minutes

    Any you really have mates that passed those tests??? Blimey

  46. chás says:

    Cmon Cockie, I’m sure you can manage some tedious rubbish at any time of the day!. 🙂

  47. chás says:

    This is quite nice, but I suggest you put some of your own music on in the background.

  48. chás says:

    Is Cesc going bald at the thought of playing for Mourinho?

  49. arnie says:

    never speak ill of the DEAD. 😛

  50. Eddie says:

    he looks terrible!!!! what the hell is the matter with him? is he ill?

  51. Eddie says:

    and who is the geezer on the right?

  52. The Cockie Monster says:

    That`s not a geezer on the right, E va va vonne, !. I`ve seen her at the L section of the Emirates with a strap on !…………yes, I know, just to prove chas right !…..anytime of the day !. hahaha

    What`s the odds on a…….CESC FABREGAS HAIR TRANSPLANT ?…………over to you Terence !.

  53. chás says:

    I presume it’s Philip Louis.

  54. chás says:

    Cesc Fabregas Hair Transplant 😆

  55. chás says:
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  57. mickydidit89 says:

    Well, that was a rubbish post.

    Apols all, very hurried about a week ago as a conversation starter.

    Hoping to provoke more chat about other clubs as much as ours, not just the obvious, yer know, bit of standing and closer to pitch bollocks.

    Oh well, have we signed anyone expensive? 🙂

  58. mickydidit89 says:

    Please don’t ink me in as a neo-con loon, I’m not, and can “Ommm for peace” like a good ‘un as well.

    “Micky, repressive societies are reformed through education and welfare systems, not by neocon-style suppression of civil liberties. That is my opinion and I am proud to stick by it even if it does not please everyone. Civil liberties were earned through years of struggle”

    Mmm, some things have to be fought for. Ask the ANC, for example.

    Only responding to free myself of the neo-con tag 🙂

    Right, back to important stuff 🙂

  59. mickydidit89 says:

    Is Philip Luiz related to David Louise. Serious’ish question? 🙂

  60. RA says:

    He is his sister.

  61. RA says:

    Was arnie criticising the people of this country, again?

    ‘Repressive society’ – ‘neo-con suppression of civil liberties’ ?

    This is not a political forum!

  62. Eddie says:

    I didn’t think it was rubbish. I have read worse and longer. I actually like short pieces.

    What about your SAS friends, I want to know more. Anybody that passes those tests must be great to know.

  63. Eddie says:

    hold on – should it be ‘stadiums’ or ‘stadia’ – over to RA

  64. chás says:

    Philip has an ‘s’, David a ‘z’.

  65. chás says:
  66. chás says:

    Ah, that Balague account is a parody.

  67. chás says:
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  69. Eddie says:

    time has been unkind not just to Cesc


    chas, that Brigitte Bardot bird was so beautiful

    I know they say age withers and all that but going from such deliciousness to looking like someone who wont give your ball back is very sad.

    Cornwall, hahaha. CESC FABREGAS HAIR TRANSPLANT. Its definitely going to happen mate. Poor bastard.

    Within 5 years Cesc will go through all gambit of emotions, why me?, does ostrich crap work?, etc., finally leading to that watershed moment were he questions why at 2 am in the morning he has joined Morinio in loitering outside a public toilet.


    Blimey evonne. I posted that before I saw the picture.

    I feel very sad and melancholy.

  72. chás says:

    Aye, but you’re comparing a few weeks to 6 decades…..


    Unbeliavable chas. Hes way on his way to looking like a man who sells meat.

  74. chás says:

    ‘..a man who sells meat’ haha.

  75. Eddie says:

    yes Terry, very sad for BB. Still, at least she was beautiful once upon the time, some people are born ugly

  76. kelsey says:

    Post in drafts.Kindly check the spelling

  77. RA says:

    Eddie, baby,

    The plural for some words based on the latin base, usually adopt an ‘a’ suffix. So stadium (the ‘um’ ending indicating singular) would classically require an ‘a’ in the plural. So stadia.

    However language changes over time, and the real deciding factor is how the general populace say or write the word, so ‘stadiums’ is OK, it is probably used by most people, and ‘stadia’ has fallen into disuse.


    True evonne. I was an ugly duckling now ime an ugly duck

    She looks like the kind of women who really dose not care how she aged, No showbiz face lifts or new teeth for her. I respect her for that.

    But I still wouldn’t feel comfortable with my ball going into her garden.

  79. kelsey says:

    Anyone seen Bamber Gascoine recently.Talk about ageing 🙂


    Kelsey hahaha, picture please?

  81. RA says:

    Morning, Terry,

    There is only one “Duck” on here and he is the brother of Ant.

    However there is room on AA for another ‘ducky’ and perhaps that is what you meant, ducky? 🙂

  82. RA says:


    Oh, do spell it out;

    — “But I still wouldn’t feel comfortable with my ball going into her garden – as it is my only one” 🙂

  83. kelsey says:


    Not my department but he looks about 120. I don’t have the tools but chas has.


    Hi Redders. Were you been?

    Not what i meant, but what the hell. I will take what ever is on offer. haha

  85. mickydidit89 says:

    I was really cheesed off at the DB Testimonial as I got the white shirt.
    Actually, ditto in Paris Final, white not yellow.

  86. kelsey says:


    If you ignore my comments once again I will stop getting a translator in to disect yours 🙂


    ive got three Redders, all different sizes, hahaha

  88. RA says:

    In fairness Bridget Bardot must be about 80 years old, how many glamour pusses are there at that age?

  89. mickydidit89 says:

    My God Eddie, you’re serious about “joining up” 🙂

    Remember, about 200 may go through selection, and perhaps 3-4 get in, and they’re all the fittest, toughest and most violent the army has to offer.

    If you do, make sure you’ve done your hair and nails as per match day 🙂

  90. mickydidit89 says:

    Thanks for the answer RA. Was the hair the give away?

    A Kelsey post. Yippee. Is it controversial? Please.

  91. RA says:

    Hi Kelsey,

    I scrolled back to find your comments and in reply to your,

    9:04 — that’s nice, and

    9:08 — No.

    How’s that? 🙂

  92. Eddie says:

    Terry – you are right, don’t let your ball in BBs garden. She has about 20 dogs. She has made headlines last year saying that she loves dogs and hates a religious group.

    Thanks RA 🙂 For the stadium/stadia. Nobody looks really glam over 50.


    In my youth i was a Greek commando. I was stationed on the Bulgarian border and things were so boring that when the officers wernt about we would shoot at each other.

    The only highlight was winding the Bulgarians up Every fortnight we would blare out Zorba the Greek whilst we had the biggest barbecue know to man.

  94. Eddie says:

    Micky, yeah, I would love to join 🙂 But as I wrote to you yesterday :

    Sadly, I don’t think I am a suitable candidate 😦 I would fail the following tests:

    1 a 40 miles (64 km) march with full equipment scaling and descending Pen y Fan in 20 hours.[81] By the end of the hill phase candidates must be able to run 4 miles in 30 minutes and swim two miles in 90 minutes

    2 resistance to interrogation (RTI), lasting for 36 hours – I would spill the beans in the first 36 minutes

    Any you really have mates that passed those tests??? Blimey

  95. Eddie says:

    Terry – you are a bullshiter! you were a commando??? With your mum washing your hair? Yeah, right


    No, its true evonne.

    I was young and naive so decided to stay in Greece. If you do that, you get conscripted

    As a kid I could dive, kill fish and Octopus armed with just a spear and snorkel. All Greek commandos have to be good swimmers.

  97. kelsey says:

    No one around so bollox ,NEW Post .Please excuse the spelling..

  98. Well done kelsey, I’ll go in and ckeck the spelling xx

  99. kelsey says:

    ckeck the spelling.hahaha

  100. Eddie says:

    Terry the commando? Nope, cannot imagine it. All I can think of is a fluffy Greek man with his mama shampooing his hair and back. Post some photos!

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