The Stadium, Highbury Square

Highbury StadiumHighbury Stadium

The site of the current development at The Stadium, Highbury Square was home ground to Arsenal Football Club. Arsenal F.C. were originally founded as Dial Square by workers at the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, south-east London, in 1886, but in 1913 they moved north across the city and occupied the ground, known as Highbury, for almost 100 years until their final game there in May 2006.

In 1999 the decision was taken to construct a new home ground for the team, Highbury had a seating capacity of 38,500 which was no longer adequate and expansion of the ground was restricted by the designation of the East Stand as a Grade II listed building. Expansion was further hindered by the close proximiy of the remaining three stands to residential premises whose owners objected to the works. Arsenal thus decided to build a new stadium at Ashburton Grove, now known as the Emirates Stadium. The new ground, with a 60,000 seater capacity is located approximately 500 metres from the original ground at Highbury.

Highbury DemolitionHighbury Demolition

The Highbury site is now undergoing a transformation and will eventually be a development of apartments and penthouses incorporating many the art-deco features of the former stadium. Please visit our "Demolition Diary" to see the progress week by week.

Further information on the project can be found on The Stadium, Highbury Square website.