Ivan Gazidis says that the club are making good progress with plans for a redevelopment of the Emirates Stadium which will add close to 800 extra seats inside the ground.
The Arsenal chief executive provided the update in a regular missive to shareholders, and outlined details of how the front row of club level would be extended, thus increasing the overall capacity.
“We are making strides on the proposed Emirates Stadium development which will start in May,” he said. “We plan to add approximately 780 extra seats to club level.
“It will involve adding an extra row to the front of club level and will take our capacity to just over 60,600. Construction will be completed in two stages during the summers of 2018 and 2019.
“Alongside this work, we plan to upgrade and refurbish additional areas of club level over the next two years.
“The first upgrade will be to Dial Square in the summer of 2018, which will see the area transformed to celebrate the club’s original name of Dial Square Football Club.”
It won’t have escaped your notice that the expansion is happening at club level, where the prices are highest, but then that’s modern football for you, we guess.
Gazidis also said that despite a season which has seen a record low attendance, and swathes of empty seats at almost every game, the club are confident they can seal some new commercial deals.
“On the commercial front we continue to make progress,” he said. “We remain highly attractive to potential partners and look forward to launching some exciting new partnerships in the new year.”
As ever, he talks a good game, but let’s see what 2018 brings.