Tottenham Hotspur have recieved a huge boost in their bid to build a brand new stadium, as the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has given it the seal of approval.
The 61,000 seater stadium is scheduled to be ready in time for kick-off of the 2018/19 season. The stadium, which is yet to be named, will be located next to the site of White Hart Lane and will almost double the capacity of spectators. It will also hold slightly more seats than The Emirates Stadium, the home of North London rivals Arsenal, which boasts a capacity of 60,400.
Set to become the largest club stadium in the capital, Spurs’ new home will include a 17,000 seat, single tier stand, making it the largest of it's type in the country and surpassing that of the iconic Kop stand at Liverpool’s Anfield.
North London regeneration
The Northumberland Development Project is considered a key part of plans to develop the Tottenham area, after the London riots of 2011. As part of those plans, the development will include a Tottenham museum, a medical centre, shops and restaurants and 600 new flats. There are also provisions for a retractable roof, which will allow the stadium to host two NFL games per season, a deal that chairman Daniel Levy has already agreed.
A long-term supporter of the plans, Mayor Johnson said, that the new stadium will "not only double it's capacity [White Hart Lane]," but "provide world-class facilities" for a whole range of events aside from football.
“The stadium will also be the focal point of a major drive to regenerate Tottenham, breathing new life into the area, creating jobs and boosting growth," he added.
The plans are set to boost Tottenham’s finances, with the club set to equal Arsenal’s match day revenues of approximately £100m per season. It is also thought a naming rights deal will be agreed with Spurs receiving 'expressions of interest from credible counterparties'.
Speaking to tottenhamhotspur.com Levy said, “This marks yet another major milestone for this vital and complex scheme and we are grateful to the Mayor for his ongoing support."
Spurs are expected to leave White Hart Lane for one season whilst the construction takes places, with a temporary move to Wembley Stadium expected to be announced in the coming months. It is thought that Wembley will host league matches, whilst stadium MK, the home of the Milton Keynes Dons will host FA Cup matches.