Nearly two million people have passed through the turnstiles since Emirates Stadium opened its doors last July.

From the first person in at Dennis Bergkamp's testimonial to the final latecomer at the Premiership clash with Chelsea, a total of 1,838,152 have attended matches at Arsenal's new home. That's a 76 per cent increase on the total attendance during the final season at Highbury, when 1,044,266 took their seats over the course of the campaign.

Emirates Stadium has played host to 27 competitive Arsenal first-team fixtures this term and a further five matches: two FA Youth Cup ties, Bergkamp's testimonial and Brazil's international friendlies against Argentina and Portugal.

The average attendance for first-team fixtures is 59,837 with the overall average slightly lower at 57,442, essentially due to the smaller (albeit still impressive) crowds at Arsenal's FA Youth Cup ties against Cardiff City and Manchester United. The average attendance for Premiership matches alone is a healthy 60,045.

So which team attracted a record attendance to Emirates Stadium? United? Tottenham? Chelsea? In fact, the answer is Reading. A total of 60,132 fans made it to that match with just four fewer at the last-gasp 2-1 win against United, a game which highlighted the risk of leaving early.  

The lowest attendance for a competitive first-team fixture at the Emirates is 56,761 for the FA Cup Fifth-Round tie with Blackburn. However, tickets for that game were only on sale for a couple of days because of its proximity to Arsenal's Fourth-Round replay victory at Bolton Wanderers.

Emirates Stadium attendances Competition Number of games Total attendance Average attendance Premiership 19 1,140,863 60,045 UEFA Champions League 5 298,317 59,663 FA Cup 2 116,539 58,269 Carling Cup 1 59,872 59,872 FA Youth Cup 2 49,797 24,899 Internationals 2 118,764 59,382 Dennis Bergkamp Testimonial 1 54,000 54,000 Total 32 1,838,152 59,837 * 57,442 **

* Average attendance for 26 competitive first-team fixtures
** Average attendance for all 29 games played at Emirates Stadium

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21 May 2007