According to Football.London, Arsenal will add an additional 800 seats to ‘club level’ at the Emirates as they look to restore capacity lost in projects to improve access and facilities for disabled supporters.
When the Gunners opened the arena at Ashburton Grove in 2006 the official capacity stood at 60,432; it has since dropped to 59,867.
A club spokesman confirmed, “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.”
Sp*rs are currently building a stadium, due to open next season, that will house 61,000. This work (given the weird name ‘Project Saturn’) won’t see us top that figure, although the potential introduction of safe-standing – something that is gradually gaining mainstream support – might give us leeway to do so in the future.
Presumably, the fact we’re targeting an increase at club level, means there is financial gain to be made.