Arsenal’s players believe the planned redevelopment which will see the Emirates Stadium become the first football ground to have a retractable sunroof can help improve their performance
In partnership with French car manufacturer Citroën, building work due to commence at the end of the 15/16 season, and has been announced as part of the ‘Arsenalisation’ project, a scheme that aims to make the 60,000 seater stadium the best in the world.
Inspired by the Citroën C1 Airscape, the stadium roof will be made from nearly 9,000 metres of red canvas, be able to open and close in around 11 seconds, and operate in an identical fashion to the car.
Featuring the latest technology, the new roof promises to benefit both players and fans. For players, avoiding sun-in-the-eyes is likely to save between 4 and 6 goals a season, while climate control will help improve player stamina.
Fans will not only be able to watch replays through a projection on the roof, but one lucky Arsenal fan will be given the chance to decide and control whether the roof should be open or closed ahead of each game.
Rufus Rouge, from Citroën’s Head Office in Paris commented: “At Citroën, we are committed to designing technology with people in mind. As the official automotive partner for Arsenal Football Club, we are therefore excited by the new roof inspired by our design technology, that will not only enhance the fan experience, but ensure a more pleasurable game for players, come rain or shine.”
The Emirates Stadium sunroof will be officially opened on 1st April 2017.