Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Biggest Club Official: Spurs Will Be; ??Tottenham Unveil Final Plans for New Stadium61,000-Seat Arena to Hold Most Club Fans in Capitalnfl Deal Guarantees Two Games a Year for a Decade

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

London's Biggest Club Official: Spurs Will Be; ??Tottenham Unveil Final Plans for New Stadium61,000-Seat Arena to Hold Most Club Fans in Capitalnfl Deal Guarantees Two Games a Year for a Decade

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

TOTTENHAM today revealed that White Hart Lane will be developed into the biggest club stadium in London and will host the NFL when it is completed in 2018.

Spurs' plans show that the ground will hold 61,000 fans, which will be more than Arsenal, whose Emirates Stadium has a capacity of 60,432, while Chelsea's proposal to redevelop Stamford Bridge will take it up to 60,000.

As Standard Sport exclusively revealed in April, Spurs have also agreed a partnership with the NFL, with the club today announcing a 10-year deal to host a minimum of two gridiron matches a season.

The ground is being built with extra facilities for the NFL in mind, with bigger dressing rooms and a retractable grass pitch which will reveal a synthetic surface. It will also include a single-tier stand holding 17,000 people, making it the largest of its kind in the country.

Spurs confirmed they will have to play the 2017-2018 season away from their home but expect to move in for the start of the following campaign.

Once completed, the club believe they will have the finest stadium in the world.

Chairman Daniel Levy said today: "I am delighted to present a stunning new stadium design and wider scheme that will deliver an unrivalled fan experience and significant community benefits -- creating a world-class sports, leisure and entertainment destination for all -- and in our birthplace of Tottenham.

"It will be our new home for generations to come and we want it to be exceptional.

"We are all excited to be taking the project to the next stage. Our commitment is to find the best solution for the club, our supporters and our community. It will be our new home for many years to come and we want it to be exceptional in every aspect.

"Schemes of this scale and magnitude must undergo continuous and rigorous review in order to ensure it is futureproofed and the design is optimised. "We are determined that this scheme delivers something that becomes an iconic landmark, instantly recognisable around the world and capable of acting as the catalyst needed to kick-start the regeneration of this area. …

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