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Arsenal Women gets new 60,000 capacity stadium as permanent home

Arsenal Women have been given approval by the club to play next season at a world-class stadium that will accommodate 60,000 fans

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Arsenal have revealed that the Emirates Stadium will serve as the main home venue for Arsenal Women starting from the next season.

The decision marks a significant milestone for women’s football, as Arsenal becomes the first major club to shift the majority of its women’s fixtures to its main stadium. The move follows a season of remarkable attendance figures and growing interest in women’s football.

Under the plans unveiled by Arsenal, the 60,000-capacity Emirates Stadium will host a total of 11 matches during the 2024/25 season. This includes eight fixtures in the Women’s Super League (WSL) and three matches in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Arsenal chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, expressed excitement about the club’s commitment to advancing the women’s game. He highlighted the significant increase in attendance at Emirates Stadium for women’s matches this season, with an average crowd of 52,029 for the six WSL games held at the venue.

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Venkatesham stated, “For almost four decades, we’ve been at the forefront of the women’s game… The next step in our journey is to make Emirates Stadium our main home for Arsenal Women.”

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Arsenal Women’s head coach, Jonas Eidevall, echoed Venkatesham’s sentiments, acknowledging the crucial role played by the supporters in the team’s success. He expressed gratitude to the fans for their unwavering support and emphasized the excitement of playing in front of larger crowds at Emirates Stadium next season.

“We have a special connection with our supporters, who have shown up in huge numbers and pushed us forward every step of the way. To everyone who has followed us so far, thank you. You have played a key part in our progress and growth, helping us write this story.

‌“Next season, Emirates Stadium becomes our main home and we’re all excited to play in front of bigger crowds every week.”

While Emirates Stadium will become the focal point for Arsenal Women’s home matches, the club will continue to utilise the Mangata Pay UK Stadium (Meadow Park, Borehamwood) for some fixtures. Meadow Park has served as a long-standing host venue for Arsenal Women and is also home to Arsenal’s U21 men’s team.

The move to Emirates Stadium represents a significant step forward in Arsenal’s efforts to promote gender equality in football and support the sustainable growth of the women’s game.

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