Arsenal plan to increase the capacity of the Emirates by 800 seats.
Arsenal plan to embark on a project called ‘Operation Saturn’, which will see them increase the capacity of the Emirates by 800 seats.
“We are working with Islington Council to assess viable options to increase our capacity at Emirates Stadium,” an Arsenal spokesperson told Football.London.
“As a result of a number of required stadium projects, our capacity has decreased over the last few years and we are looking at ways to bring this figure back up to allow more supporters to watch the team play at Emirates Stadium.
“We will communicate further details at a later date as these plans develop.”
While the Gunners’ home ground originally held around 60,000, various projects, including improving facilities and access for disabled fans, means that this number has recently dropped to 59,867.
Arsenal therefore wants to see this brought back up again with 800 seats said to be added at club level.
The new seats will firstly be offered to existing season ticket-holders in case they want to move and if not they’ll be given to people on the waiting list.
While the Gunners allegedly don’t expect that they will exceed Tottenham’s new stadium capacity of 61,000, it would be pretty amusing if they did considering Spurs’s aim was to have a larger home stadium capacity than Arsenal.
We definitely won’t be far off…
Tottenham’s new stadium is currently under construction and is set to be completed in time for next season.
The new White Hart Lane under construction on a lovely day in north London. pic.twitter.com/9YSYc8XfzE
— Ray Locker (@rlocker12) August 30, 2017
For the mean time, our noisy neighbours are having to play at Wembley, which is proving to be a bit of a struggle considering they’re yet to win there.
Not that we can really talk. Arsenal have only managed to win three points out a possible nine this season and while we’re planning on increasing the capacity of the Emirates, I’m not entirely sure those extra seat will get used…
The Gunners’ average attendance last season was apparently 59,957. However, this doesn’t mean that this many people actually attended, this is probably how many tickets were sold. My guess would be that the actual attendance was much lower.