A Day out to Arsenal Stadium and a night in Winter Wonderland

Hubbie has already started his Business Meeting on Monday so I have 4 days to explore London on my own. Nissa, my cousin happened to be in London at the same time so we agreed to meet up and went to Emirates Stadium – Home of Arsenal

The Emirates Stadium (known as Ashburton Grove prior to sponsorship, and as Arsenal Stadium for UEFA competitions) is a football stadium in Highbury, England, and the home of Arsenal. With a capacity of 60,704 it is the fourth-largest football stadium in England after Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In 1997, Arsenal explored the possibility of relocating to a new stadium, having been denied planning permission by Islington Council to expand its home stadium, Highbury. After considering various options (including purchasing Wembley Stadium), the club bought an industrial and waste disposal estate in Ashburton Grove in 2000. A year later, they received the council’s approval to build a stadium on the site; manager Arsène Wenger described this as the “biggest decision in Arsenal’s history” since the board appointed Herbert Chapman. Relocation began in 2002, but financial difficulties delayed work until February 2004. Emirates was later announced as the main sponsor for the stadium. The entire stadium project was completed in 2006 at a cost of £390 million. The club’s former stadium was redeveloped as Highbury Square, an apartment complex.

The stadium has undergone a process of “Arsenalisation” since 2009 with the aim of restoring visible links to Arsenal’s history. The stadium has hosted international fixtures and music concerts.

I bought some stuff for Fabio who is a soccer fans and then we left to Oxford Street

From Oxford Street we went to see the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. We strolled some more until we got tired and rested in one of the cafe waiting for Hubby to pick me up.