Arsenal nods to history with Emirates Stadium renovations

English Premier League football club Arsenal has announced details of the second phase of Club Level redevelopment at Emirates Stadium.

The latest plans are a continuation of work that was carried out during the summer. Next summer, the Emirates’ Executive Box Level North will be fitted with a new private members’ club called The Avenell Club.

The club will be named after the road on which Arsenal’s old Highbury Stadium was located, and will offer wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling glass with panoramic views of the pitch. A range of high-quality food and beverages will be made available, with a live-action chef station and a feature cocktail bar to be among the perks.

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham 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.”

Two of the Club Level’s existing venues – Champions Bar and Highbury Suite – will also undergo major renovation work next summer. Champions Bar will be reinvigorated with a new look and feel, with the club stating the renovation will focus on “what it takes to become the best”. The Highbury Suite will also be transformed into a lively street market offering a wide range of informal dining options.

Arsenal said the new Highbury Suite will take modern inspiration from the original Highbury Stadium’s history, art deco style and enduring character. The club has also confirmed that it will complete the second phase of work in building the additional row on the front of the existing Club Level tier.

This summer, the stadium’s capacity was expanded from block 56 to block 77. The second stage will see the remaining development from blocks 41-55 and 78-84, further increasing the overall capacity of the Emirates.

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