Benefits to Arsenal and its Supporters
An increase in stadium capacity will enable the many thousands of supporters who are unable to attend matches to do so in the future.
An increase in matchday capacity from 38,000 to 60,000 will generate substantial additional income, in order to sustain and develop the Club's football success.
Playing in a world class stadium will affirm and further support Arsenal as one of the World's leading Clubs, both on and off the field.
An improved stadium, providing a range of additional facilities will make spectators' visits more pleasurable and encourage wider involvement, particularly amongst women and families.
Emirates Stadium will have improved access for disabled supporters and enhanced sight lines for all spectators.
Up to 250 seats within the stadium are designed for use by people with disabilities, who will be able to utilise up to 100 mobility impaired parking spaces. This exceeds the recommended minimum seating provision set out in the Government's Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds and is more than double the amount currently provided at Highbury.
Additional trains will be provided on both the Piccadilly and Victoria lines on match days. There is plenty of line capacity and rolling stock available to enable this to happen.
Improved stewarding arrangements will be put in place to enable the stations to be used more efficiently and safely.
The potential to use the pitch area for up to six non-football events per year, thereby providing a wider range of activities, and create additional revenue streams for the Club.
Emirates Stadium will be 'energy-efficient', which is less costly to maintain.
Benefits to Community
A world class sports facility, which will attract worldwide visitors (and increased spending power) to the area, and raise its profile in the eyes of the potential investors of many different types.
2,500 new homes, of which at least 40% will be "affordable housing", as well as substantial key worker housing.
All homes will be constructed to BREEAM Eco Homes standards, the internationally recognised standard for the building industry.
The creation of 2,600 new jobs.
New commercial space and housing at Lough Road, a site which has lain derelict for over 20 years.
Four new community health facilities at Queensland Road, Lough Road, Drayton Park and Arsenal Stadium - which will create jobs and will greatly improve healthcare in the Holloway/Highbury area.
Removal of poorly planned, economically and environmentally inefficient industrial/waste management buildings, and their replacement with new buildings built to modern standards.
High quality architecture, adding to the cultural richness of the area.
Public transport to Arsenal Stadium is already the best in the Premier League with almost 70% of fans arriving by means other than private cars. However, further measures to improve transport to Emirates Stadium include managing the existing capacity of the underground station better than at present.
The proposed improvements to Holloway Road underground station, Drayton Park Station and Finsbury Park station, will make public transport access and interchange more convenient for local people.
The Club has worked very closely with all the transport authorities and is delighted that they agree that there is sufficient public transport capacity through the existing stations to accommodate the increased demands created by a 60,000 seat stadium.
Fine-tuning of pedestrian facilities to provide consistently high quality routes into and through each of the three sites.
A comprehensive Environmental Traffic Management system around all three areas.
A large underground service area at Ashburton Grove to accommodate essential parking, refuse collection and goods delivery facilities, and outside broadcast units.
Relocation of the North London Waste Authority's Waste Transfer Station and also Islington Council's central vehicle depots and associated offices and workshops to a new purpose built complex at Lough Road.
Surface finishes, street furniture, landscaping, lighting and signage will reflect the needs of all disabled people
Reducing construction waste by more than 50% over the standard practice in stadium construction.
Reusing and recycling of demolition waste to significantly reduce concrete and ferrous waste landfill.
Cycle parking facilities around and within each of the three redevelopment sites.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 7 Jul 2008