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Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is set to become the primary home for the women’s team starting next season due to an “extraordinary” surge in interest, the club announced on Tuesday.

Arsenal plans to host 11 games at the Emirates in the 2024/25 campaign, including eight Women’s Super League (WSL) matches and three Champions League games, provided the team qualifies for the group stages. Additionally, any home legs in Champions League knockout ties will also be held at the Emirates.

Remaining fixtures, including all domestic cup matches, will continue to be played at Arsenal’s Meadow Park ground in London’s commuter belt.

This decision comes after six WSL games played at the Emirates this season attracted an average crowd of over 52,000, featuring two sell-outs and three WSL attendance records.

Arsenal’s chief executive, Vinai Venkatesham, commented on the move, stating, “We have recently witnessed remarkable growth in supporters attending Emirates Stadium for women’s games, including two sold-out matches this season.”

Jonas Eidevall, head coach of Arsenal Women, expressed excitement about the upcoming change, saying, “We have a special bond with our supporters, who have consistently turned up in large numbers and propelled us forward. Next season, with Emirates Stadium as our primary home, we eagerly anticipate playing in front of even larger crowds every week.”

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