Arsenal Football Club has unveiled its latest hospitality spaces at Emirates Stadium ahead of the club’s first home game of the season.
This summer the last two areas to be updated on Club Level have been completed on time; Highbury Restaurant and Champions Bar.
As always, much thought has gone into the design of the spaces, to reflect the club’s deep and rich history with many elements a nod to their former home on Avenell Road, the Arsenal Stadium.
Arsenal has also introduced a new members’ lounge space, The Avenell Club. The private members’ club was constructed out of 14 executive boxes and offers a relaxed yet luxurious setting to enjoy good food and fine wines with a number of unique personalised details for its members.
The space has panoramic views of the pitch and showcases locally sourced seasonal produce along with fine wines, champagnes and soft drinks.
The self-serve fridges and coffee bar offer members an informal yet superior matchday experience before stepping out into the stadium bowl to take in the action. The space measures 700m2 with a capacity of 217 seated.
To accommodate the Avenell club, a new structural mezzanine floor was built over the top of the Emirates Lounge, which has never been done before in the stadium.
Some 50 tonnes of structural steel support beams and 257 individually sized floor joists help finish off the new mezzanine. All this steel work came through the 1800 x 900 window and was installed in just eight days. Portview was responsible for the fit-out of the Avenell Club.
Every year since 2010, the club has made an investment on upgrading and renovating the stadium.
Last summer Dial Square was introduced as a new dining experience, offering everything from fresh rotisserie chicken to pizza straight from the Premier League’s first open-flame pizza oven. This space has seen food and beverage revenues increase 105% since opening.
Celebrating Arsenal’s original north London home at Arsenal Stadium – affectionately known as Highbury – Highbury Restaurant has been redeveloped this summer from a seasonal dining space offering an a la carte menu to a lively and informal street food market with burgers, burritos, Asian fusion and macaroni cheese on offer.
Highbury measures 1410m2 with a capacity of 505 seated.
Michael Artis, Strategy and Development Director at design firm 20:20 said:
Highbury was such a special place for so many, it was important to capture it and bring a modern-day interpretation of it into Emirates Stadium as a place that fans can enjoy.