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04.23.2008

Emirates Stadium was officially named the best venue for meetings and events in England. The venue was awarded Meet England's Business Tourism Gold Award at a glittering ceremony held in St George's Hall, Liverpool last night (23rd April).

Following the success at the Visit London's awards, Emirates Stadium Events went through to the national finals beating the other two finalists, Manchester Central and the Heritage Motor Centre to the Gold Award. The award further establishes Emirates Stadium Event's reputation for delivering world class events at their majestic arena.

The prestigious annual Awards highlight the very best of Britain. Emirates Stadium has been recognised for the state-of-the-art facilities available for events and its impeccable levels of service and quality catering.Arsenal Head of Marketing, Angus Kinnear, who collected the award, said: "Emirates Stadium Events has quickly established itself as a leading event venue not only in London but throughout the UK and Europe. Over the year, in partnership with Delaware North Companies, we have built a successful and reputable events offer that rivals any of the established events venues."

"This award recognises all the hard work the team here at Emirates Stadium have put into growing the hospitality and events side of the stadium business. To have this rewarded on a national level is a great achievement." added Kinnear.

Visit London Chief Executive, James Bidwell, said: "I congratulate Emirates Stadium on winning the Business Tourism Award, along with the other winning attractions, they are truly flying the flag for London as a top city destination. I'm delighted to see these organisations receive recognition for all their hard work and dedication. The capital plays a vital role in the UK's tourism, and Emirates Stadium's recognition as the leading venue in England is a testament to London's thriving business tourism."

For further information log onto www.arsenal.com/events

Notes to editors:
Emirates Stadium has an array of bright, modern and versatile conference and banqueting suites all boasting impressive views of the pitch and teamed with leading AV infrastructure. Four large flexible spaces can cater for up to 2000 delegates, the network bar areas and 150 executive boxes make ideal breakout rooms or can be hired for more discreet events. The stadium's Diamond Club led by Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc, is available for meetings and events for up to 80 delegates, banqueting events for 140 and receptions for 200.

Delaware North Companies UK Hospitality Services (Delaware North) are the sole and exclusive provider of catering services for matches and meetings and events.

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