Facts About Our Home The Emirates

  • The overall project cost is £390 million.
  • 1,800 new jobs will be created in the Borough of Islington as a result of the new stadium project.
  • Over 2,000 new homes will be built in Islington as part of the project.
  • At the project’s peak, 1,000 construction workers will be working on the new stadium.
  • The site of the new stadium is 17 acres.
  • The new stadium will have a capacity for 60,000 spectators.
  • The height of the new stadium will be 41.9 meters from pitch level to the top of the roof.
  • Two of the key points in the Club’s brief to the design team were for the pitch to be as good as Highbury, and to create an exhilarating stadium atmosphere through the design.
  • 1,140,000 is the anticipated number of supporters to attend Premiership matches at the new stadium in one season (Average number at Highbury – 722,795).
  • There will be 150 Executive Boxes in the new stadium, compared to 48 boxes at Highbury.
  • The new stadium Executive Boxes will have the total capacity to serve up to 2,000 meals on a matchday.
  • There will be approximately 250 catering serving points around the new stadium.
  • Over 900 WCs will be at the new stadium, together with 370 metres of urinals and 113 Disabled toilets.
  • Over 2,500 legal documents have been signed in order to give the project full clearance.
  • There will be 41 TV camera positions throughout the stadium, as well as 215 seats for the media.
  • The stadium will be the site for a new 1,000m2 merchandising megastore.
  • Arsenal appointed Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to carry out the construction works for the project in January 2002.
  • Previous projects which Sir Robert McAlpine have been responsible for are the new Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, the Centenary Stand at West Ham United, The Millennium Dome and the Bullring Birmingham.
  • The new stadium is designed by HOK Sport, who are the Architects of Stadium Australia in Sydney, The English National Stadium Wembley, Royal Ascot Racecourse and Wimbledon Centre Court.
  • Over 25,000 cubic metres of contamination has been removed from all the sites, to make way for the project.
  • There will be capacity for up to 250 wheelchair users at the new stadium. These positions will be provided at all public and corporate levels throughout the building.
  • Size of the grass area will be 113m by 76m. Compared to 105m by 70m at Highbury.
  • Over 60,000 cubic metres of concrete will be used in the structure, which is sufficient to fill the team bath at Highbury over 7,500 times, or also, enough to fill the area of the pitch three stories high.
  • 10,000 tons of steel reinforcement will be used in the stadium, which is the equivalent of the weight of over 300 team coaches.
  • 3,000 tons of tubular steel will be in the main roof (there are 100 tons in the existing North Bank).
  • There will be 33,000 metres of concrete terracing.
  • The new stadium will house 15,000m2 of glazing, the equivalent area of two football pitches.
  • There will be 4,500 metres of metal hand railing.
  • The stadium complex will contain 2,000 doors.
  • There will be 100 flights of stairs, which is enough to go to the top of Canary wharf twice. Also there will be 13 elevators and 5 escalators.
  • The four tiers of seating will all be covered by a roof of approximately 30,000m2 (Football pitch covers approx 8,600m2).
  • To improve the potential quality of the pitch at the new stadium, extensive computer modelling is being carried out to study the sunlight and ventilation at pitch level.

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