Arsenal’s new Managing Director Vinai Vinkatesham has confirmed that further sections of Emirates Stadium’s Club Level will be spruced up next year.
During the summer break, an additional row of seats was added to half of Club Level. The intention is that the full 780-seat row, which has been bolted on to the front of the existing rows, will be completed once the current season ends.
The work will bump up the stadium’s seating following a decade of adjustments, made for health and safety purposes and to increase access for disabled supporters, that had forced a drop below the original 60,000 capacity.
Elsewhere a new private members’ club called The Avenell Club will offer ‘wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass with panoramic views of the pitch’ and is to be created in the Executive Box Level North area. Presumably, this is for people who’d rather not brave the elements or our incredibly hostile atmosphere.
Major renovations are also planned for the Champions Bar and Highbury Suite. The former will get a new look and feel based on ‘what it takes to become the best of the best’ – whatever that means.
The latter will be turned into a ‘lively street market’. For those without access to such surroundings (no, doubt that’ll be most of you), don’t worry! You can already enjoy that environment on the streets around stadium…just with added burnt onions and horse sh*t.
On the upcoming changes, Vinkatesham said: “We have been at Emirates Stadium for 12 years now and have recently seen a change in what some fans want in our premium areas. This involves supporters wanting more open and informal hospitality experiences and this project is responding to that demand.”
Presumably, Sp*rs are doing much the same thing at their new place. LOL.