Sunday, January 09, 2011

European Escapade - Emirates Stadium! **

Welcome back to another edition of my European Escapade! We are now on Day 5 and last I left you, B and I arrived back at our hotel exhausted from our day out in Trafalgar Square. My feet were killing me so before we retired for the night, I told B to go ahead with tomorrow's plans without me. ihikhik

Next morning, the agenda was a tour of Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal heroes. I did not mind missing this part of the trip so I stayed behind to catch up on my sleep and rest my weary feet. All these pictures you see here are courtesy of B, thanks love!

As one of the incentives won by the Soccer Kids S2 winners, a tour of Emirates Stadium had been arranged on this trip. By the way, Soccer Kids is a popular kids' reality program, which aims to search for young football talents in Malaysia. Season 3 will air in mid-Jan on TV3, every Sunday at 7.30pm so don't forget to catch this show! Smiley

Stadium tours for other popular Premier League teams including
Liverpool, Chelsea, West Ham and Manchester United were scheduled as well. So that's an overload of football frenzy, which apart from the MU-Liverpool match we'd be watching live, was the main purpose behind this UK trip.

B with the two winners of Soccer Kids Season 2

Majestic in size, Emirates Stadium has a seating capacity of 60,355. It is also the second largest football club stadium in England and a must-visit for any Arsenal fan. When writing this post, I am reminded of my three blog friends Nick, Sandman and Denaihati. Hardcore Arsenal fans like them simply must visit the home of their Arsenal heroes one day. rindu

The tour of Emirates Stadium took about 45 minutes and guests were taken on a historical overview of Arsenal; starting with a briefing in the stadium. During the tour, B and his crew got the opportunity to see all the areas which are crucial to the team on a matchday including a walk down the players' tunnel to a seat in the first team dressing room as well as a visit to the Directors Box and the Press Conference facilities. Smiley

B with Aidid who will return as host of Soccer Kids Season3

Physio Room

Hot Tub to soak away football fatigue

B with the captain's jersey

Shahrul of TV3

Two friendly Liverpool fans on Arsenal turf

Apparently this tactical board has never been used by Arsene Wenger; tactics and strategies are discussed at the training ground prior to match day. Zany who is the fiercest most loyal MU fan I personally know used it to give my readers a little lesson on the importance of visiting for your daily dose of cheer instead! gelakguling

Have you visited today?

It was an amazing day for the boys especially since they are all hardcore football fans. If I had tagged along, I doubt I'd enjoy this tour as much as they did! ihikhik

Towards the end of the tour, the boys were led to the Arsenal Time Capsule, which is the first thing players see when they walk into the entrance of Emirates Stadium. The capsule was placed on 28th October 2004 during the construction of the stadium.

Inside lie all sorts of memories and keepsakes from Arsenal stadium including the captain's armband worn by Tony Adams, an English Football Manager and former Arsenal player considered one of the club's greatest players of all time. Smiley

Time Capsule

Tunnel leading to the pitch

When B first showed me the pictures he had taken of Emirates Stadium, I felt a little left out but honestly, I really needed to catch up on my sleep and rest that morning. And my feet did feel so much better after resting at the hotel while the boys were on their tour so it was all good. By the time B came back to our hotel in Novotel, I was all set to explore Covent Garden, which is where my next European Escapade post will take you. Wait for it! Smiley



Monica,  January 09, 2011 1:31 AM

:* :* :* :*

Monica,  January 09, 2011 1:35 AM

ohh so that was the main purpose of this trip huh.. 8-) 8-) 8-)

Monica,  January 09, 2011 1:37 AM

yes i've visited today!! :-D :-D :-D

Monica,  January 09, 2011 1:41 AM

nice pics....and looking forward to ur next post :) ;)

LadyJava,  January 09, 2011 1:48 AM

:* :* :*

LadyJava,  January 09, 2011 1:51 AM

wow awesome pictures B! good job!

LadyJava,  January 09, 2011 1:52 AM

at least you and your reader don't missed out on this leg of the trip kan? awesome!!

LadyJava,  January 09, 2011 1:53 AM

wah just day 5? how many more to go? can't wait for sure!

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:04 AM

still awake?? haha such a night owl too huh

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:05 AM

quite sleepy now but still have PBs to do yikes :'( :'( :'(

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:06 AM

never actually had a chance to go to a stadium and we do not have such big stadium here in PHil

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:06 AM

we're more in Basketball and foot ball isn't that popular here

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:07 AM

i wish i could watch the game live too... that would be great experience

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 2:07 AM

have a great night Marzie happy blogging

Mariuca,  January 09, 2011 2:10 AM

:* :* :* :* Monica FC1!

Mariuca,  January 09, 2011 2:11 AM

:* :* :* LJ FC2!

Mariuca,  January 09, 2011 2:11 AM

Thanks for the chop ladies and enjoy the pics! 8-) 8-) 8-)

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:37 AM

:( :( :( :(

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:42 AM

morning GP!

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:42 AM

>:o >:o >:o >:o

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:44 AM

;) ;) ;) ;)

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:45 AM

super lol at their pic in front of mirror..hehehe

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:45 AM

:-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D

gagay,  January 09, 2011 5:46 AM

:'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

Denai Hati,  January 09, 2011 9:47 AM

Thank your very much for the linky love ...ya lah tahun ni any final yg Arsenal masuk kena pergi tengok lah LIVE kat stadium.

Nick Phillips,  January 09, 2011 3:37 PM

I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo envious of B! Imagine standing in the very same stadium that Arsenal plays in ... awesome la :D Did i say I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo envious of B? LOL!

Thanks for the mention too :D

C.A.T.,  January 09, 2011 3:46 PM

Gee. I'm sure it's fantastic to have such an access to a great stadium of a legendary club. My dream stadium is Camp Nou. 8-)

ayie,  January 09, 2011 3:58 PM

hi marzie!! :* :*

ayie,  January 09, 2011 3:59 PM

wow shots of the stadium and all exclusive! 8-) 8-)

bluedreamer27,  January 09, 2011 6:29 PM

just visiting you here Marzie.

have a great day and happy blogging

Caroline,  January 09, 2011 8:07 PM

:* :*

Caroline,  January 09, 2011 8:08 PM

wow! the stadium is really huge! :-D :-D

Caroline,  January 09, 2011 8:09 PM

haha i watched it sometime! when my bro watching it. :) :) me not really fans of football ma. :-P :-P

Caroline,  January 09, 2011 8:09 PM

so wats d next visit?? after u rested whole day?? :-P :-P :-P cant wait!!

Life Ramblings,  January 09, 2011 10:36 PM

wow, must be an unforgettable moment for B. i guess he has every reason to put up his big smile.

Life Ramblings,  January 09, 2011 10:36 PM

the stadium does look superb and i enjoy your pictures very much.

Life Ramblings,  January 09, 2011 10:36 PM

too bad you didn't tag along sweetie. if i were in London again, i'd love to visit it very much even though i'm not a soccer fan.

Life Ramblings,  January 09, 2011 10:44 PM

you're right. i was in kl for a few days last X'mas attending some parties. we stayed over at my sis's house in Bkt Jalil, had an awesome time.

Life Ramblings,  January 09, 2011 10:45 PM

hope you're enjoying your weekend Marzie and will look forward to your European posts.

Sandman,  January 10, 2011 12:29 PM

Oh nooooosssssss..... you MISSED out on a visit to HEAVEN???????? aRRRRGGHHHHHH.... I am seeing the pics over and over and over again.... crying... :(

bluedreamer27,  January 11, 2011 3:40 PM

just dropping by here... happy tuesday

LAINY,  January 12, 2011 10:05 AM

Oh gosh! How Ive missed heaps of ur Euro escapade Sweetie! I have a lot of catching up to do.

You certainly had a blast, just looking at the pics. Thanks for sharing them all.

Mwaahugs! :-)

Bill,  January 13, 2011 2:59 AM

That is a big place there. B took great pics and looks like he really enjoyed hiself. Great post Marzie looking forward to the next leg of the journey. :)

foongpc,  January 19, 2011 12:36 AM

Oh! So you did not follow them and just took the day off to sleep? Haha!!

foongpc,  January 19, 2011 12:37 AM

Good also lah since you are not a football fan like B! LOL!

foongpc,  January 19, 2011 12:37 AM

Anyway, I enjoy the photos here. Nice! : )

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 7:10 AM

Thank u Foong, I enjoyed these pics too esp since I was not there to take them ha ha!

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 7:10 AM

But still sayang la I missed this tour, cause bila lagi nak visit Arsenal stadium right? Anyway it’s okay cause I got the pics to satisfy me! :D

Mariuca,  March 06, 2011 7:11 AM

Yeah just during the morning, cause really tired and had to catch up on sleep, couldn’t wake up oso ha ha!

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