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Project Preview: Arsenal gunning for expansion

TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit has become the world’s largest gathering of project delegations involved in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of major sports venues.

With more than €10.5bn worth of construction already confirmed in attendance on 28-29 Nov in Barcelona, we present insight into some of the projects showcasing at the meeting.

English Premier League football club Arsenal is considering increasing the capacity of its Emirates Stadium home ground by around 800 to accommodate new seating in the club-level tier of the venue.

The Football.London website reported that the project, which has been dubbed Operation Saturn, is currently being discussed with Islington Council.

The current capacity of the Emirates is 59,867 and Football.London said Operation Saturn would result in the ground having a similar number of seats to when it opened back in 2006.

The capacity has dropped in the years since then, with changes having been made to the ground including improved access for disabled fans.

Football.London’s report added that existing seat-holders at the Emirates would be able to move to the newly-created seats once the work has begun.

An Arsenal spokesman told the website: “We are working with Islington Council to assess viable options to increase our capacity at Emirates Stadium.

“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.”

Arsenal’s North London rival, Tottenham Hotspur, is in the process of building a new stadium of its own, which is set to have a capacity of 61,559.

Tottenham’s new ground will be the largest club-specific stadium in London. The London Stadium, which is used by West Ham United, has a capacity of 66,000 but is used for other sports.

Arsenal FC are due attend the TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit taking place in Barcelona on 28-29 November, to represent the project.

Join our 50+ project delegations at the Summit, 28-29 Nov. Earlybird tickets with a free hotel night are here.