Belated post. Some pictures from summer visit to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge Stadium (with museum and stadium tour) and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium (no tour).
Information on the stadium tour can be obtained from here: http://www.chelseafc.com/stadium-tours. Stamford Bridge Stadium is easily accessible by tube. The nearest station is Fulham Broadway station, 200m from the stadium. The museum and stadium tour costs GBP18 and lasts for one hour plus museum visit. Tour is held every half an hour starting from 10am to 3pm. Time saving tips is that you should visit museum first then follow guided-tour otherwise you need to go back to museum from the megastore as far as half-stadium distance. Allow 15-20 minutes for the museum unless you are a big fan of Chelsea.
As usual, the tour takes visitors to the external of stadium, the pitch, home dressing room, visiting team dressing room, press conference room, fans zone beneath the stadium and the tunnel leading to the pitch. And expectedly ended at the club megastore. It was a good tour except that Chelsea run the tour directly to the pitch, not saving the most dramatic moment of seeing the pitch at the end.
Due to limited time, a visit to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium was without a guided stadium tour. I visited the stadium external only. Emirates Stadium is easily accessible from Arsenal station (Piccadilly line), a three minute walk. Other stations like Finsbury Park (Victoria, Piccadilly Lines and Great Northern rail) and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, North London Line and Great Northern rail) stations are around a 10-minute walk. Emirates Stadium is a modern stadium with modern architecture. Arsenal legends such as Henry, Tony Adams are honored with statues and big posters across stadium whereas fans from all part of the world honored on fans wall. As it is famously known as The Gunner, Arsenal marks its significance with two big guns placed near ticketing counters and megastore, not-to-be-missed photo opportunity.