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Emirates Stadium to become main home of Arsenal Women

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Emirates Stadium will host 11 Arsenal Women matches during the 2024-25 season, making it the main home of the Women’s Super League team.

Emirates Stadium, which primarily serves as the home of Arsenal’s men’s team, is set to host eight WSL matches next season, along with three UEFA Women’s Champions League fixtures, should Arsenal Women qualify for the group stages of the competition.

If Arsenal Women progresses to the latter stages of the Champions League, it would also play knockout matches at the 60,000-capacity stadium.

All of Arsenal Women’s remaining matches next season, including all domestic cup fixtures, will be played at the team’s long-standing home, the Mangata Pay UK Stadium in Borehamwood.

Arsenal Women played six WSL matches at the Emirates this season, attracting an average crowd of 52,029. Three of these matches sold out, and the club set a new WSL attendance record in February as 60,160 fans watched its 3-1 win against Manchester United.

Arsenal has also announced a new ticket package, Emirates Home Advantage Pack +, which will give fans the opportunity to purchase tickets for all eight WSL matches at Emirates Stadium at a discounted rate.

The Emirates Home Advantage Pack, a five-game package introduced for WSL matches at the stadium ahead of the 2023-24 season, will also return. The exact fixtures incorporated into each package will be confirmed later in the summer.

Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal chief executive, said: “For almost four decades, we’ve been at the forefront of the women’s game. We’ve recently seen extraordinary growth in supporters coming to Emirates Stadium for games held here, which include two complete sellouts this season.  

“The next step in our journey is to make Emirates Stadium our main home for Arsenal Women. We’re looking forward to giving more supporters the chance to watch our women’s team play. This is part of a collective drive across the club to take the women’s game forward and support sustainable growth of the game so it can thrive in the long term.”

In March, the WSL set a new cumulative attendance record for the division with six rounds of the season still to play. At the time, 717,721 fans had attended a WSL match during the 2023-24 season, surpassing the previous record of 689,297, which was set in 2022-23 and covered a completed 132-game season.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Liverpool FC Women will play its home matches at the Totally Wicked Stadium, home of rugby league club St Helens, from next season as part of a 10-year lease agreement.

The club also plans on playing a number of fixtures at Anfield, home of Liverpool’s men’s team. The women’s team’s primary home ground is currently Prenton Park, home of League Two club Tranmere Rovers.