Spurs reveal new plans for stadium - and a deal to host NFL games
Tottenham Hotspur have revealed new plans for their stadium – and they include a deal to stage NFL games.
Under the revision for the Northumberland Development Project, the capacity of the state-of-the-art stadium will rise from the 56,250 originally envisaged to 61,000, while more attention has also been given to housing and recreational facilities for Tottenham residents.
The piece de resistance, though, may be the partnership with the NFL as part of the club’s vision to see the facility in use 365 days a year.
A minimum of two American Football games a year will be staged under a 10-year agreement, with the new stadium set to feature a retractable grass pitch for football and an artificial surface underneath for NFL usage.
Having the separate surfaces will give greater flexibility when it comes to scheduling NFL fixtures, while the field will have the capacity to stage other sporting entertainment and community events.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have an opportunity now to deliver one of the most unique sports, leisure and entertainment venues in the world, bringing together the EPL [Premier League] and NFL for the first time.”
Tottenham envisage that, when complete, their new stadium will help to produce tangible benefits for the community, supporting 1,700 extra jobs and raising annual spend out into the borough to £293million.
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Levy added: “The socio- economic benefits this will bring to the area will be immense and demonstrates our commitment to the regeneration of this priority borough in London.”