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Arsenal London Underground
Arsenal station entrance.JPG
Location Highbury
Local authority Islington
Managed by London Underground
Number of platforms 2
Fare zone 2
London Underground annual entry and exit
2010 Decrease 2.98 million
2011 Increase 3.07 million
2012 Steady 3.07 million
2013 Increase 3.09 million
Railway companies
Original company Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway
Key dates
1906 Opened as Gillespie Road
1932 Renamed Arsenal (Highbury Hill)
c. 1960 Renamed Arsenal
Other information
Lists of stations
Coordinates: 51°33′31″N 0°06′21″W / 51.5586°N 0.1058°W / 51.5586; -0.1058

Arsenal tube station is a London Underground station in Highbury, north London. The station is on the Piccadilly line. It is in Travelcard Zone 2. It is between Holloway Road and Finsbury Park tube stations. The station was originally known as Gillespie Road. In 1932, it was renamed after Arsenal Football Club. It is the only Tube station named directly after a football club. The station is quieter than other stations on the Piccadilly line except when Arsenal are playing football matches.

History

Gillespie Road station was opened by the Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway (GNP&BR) on 15 December 1906. When the different London Underground companies were joined together, the GNP&BR became the Piccadilly line. The original station building and ticket hall were designed by Leslie Green. The buildings had red terracotta on the outside. The station is similar to Holloway Road and Caledonian Road stations, also on the Piccadilly line. The station was renamed to Arsenal in 1932.

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