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Tottenham Hotspur Dealt Big Hand in New Stadium Pursuit

new white hart lane Tottenham Hotspur Dealt Big Hand in New Stadium Pursuit

Tottenham Hotspur won legal clearance on Wednesday to challenge a decision to hand the 2012 Olympic stadium to rivals West Ham United after the Games.

The Premier League club had sought a judicial review after the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) awarded West Ham preferred bidder status for the £486 million stadium earlier this year.  This was a decision welcomed by most Spurs fans, as they would prefer not to see a move out of north London. The massive cauldron also doesn’t bode well with most fans as it is not ideal for football.  However, it is necessary for Spurs to get a bigger stadium if they are to consistently compete at the top level. Alternatively, fans would rather see a new stadium built near White Hart Lane, which was considered but then put on the back burner as raising costs made the plan less probable.

With that said, the recent events of the court ruling and the riots that left Tottenham in shambles has given Spurs a lot of clout in convincing the mayor that he may have no choice but to help Spurs out with their new stadium plans.  Spurs’ proposal for public funds would not only help the construction costs of the stadium but would improve the surrounding area and public transport in Tottenham, which after all the vandalism and burning, cannot be ignored.

It is not clear at this stage whether Spurs will pursue their legal case or whether they will use Wednesday’s decision to strengthen their hand in long-running talks with the government and Mayor of London Boris Johnson over a possible alternative new stadium next to their current site at White Hart Lane.

Building a new multi-million pound stadium near their existing site, as part of the Northumberland Park project which would also include shops and housing, would provide an economic boost to one of the most economically deprived areas of London. High youth unemployment was one of the reasons given for this month’s riots in England which began in ethnically diverse Tottenham after police shot dead a black suspect.

The riots have added new urgency to the talks, and the mayor’s office had said only hours before the High Court decision that they were “hopeful” a deal could be reached. Judge Andrew Collins, on hearing the appeal, gave Spurs permission to mount a legal challenge, the Press Association reported. The decision overturns an earlier failed attempt by Spurs in the High Court.

“We are waiting to hear from Tottenham Hotspur on their plans to rebuild on their current site before any agreement on financial support from the Mayor can be confirmed,” a spokesman for the mayor said in a statement.

It appears as though Spurs are holding all the cards right now.  Now they have the leverage of possibly derailing the use of the new Olympic Stadium and are in one of the most depraved areas of London.  Does the mayor have any choice at this point?

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8 Responses to Tottenham Hotspur Dealt Big Hand in New Stadium Pursuit

  1. trickybrkn says:

    You fail to mention the fact that Tottenham went forward with this, after offering West Ham that they would pull out if they stopped the legal pursuit of the illegal phone hacking of telephone and bank records of a WHUFC employee. also, it was ruled on go forward on the 2nd attempt on a very narrow issue of law, and is viewed by most as frivolous.

    on a personal note, Levy is a scum bag. and are hardly ‘holding al the cards’…
    they don’t care about London’s bid to host the 2017 Athletics championships, don’t care about law, and I doubt at the end of the day they give two sh*ts about their community. Its very likely that boris Johnson, puts money into Tottenham the neighborhood, and not the football club.

    • Nelson says:

      Levy is a businessman and I agree his only concern is doing whatever it takes to improving Spurs. As for commenting on his ethics, breaking verbal or written contracts or even illegal activity, I cannot say.

      This article only focuses on Spurs’ new situation (court ruling and Tottenham riots) which now has given Levy a lot of leverage with the mayor and securing more funds for the Stadium and surrounding area. And if Levy truly is a piece of $h!t, then he will still have an interest in improving the Tottenham area, if nothing else than translating into more $$$.

      • trickybrkn says:

        You seem to be missing the point. Once Scotland Yard reel in the net on Tottenham, the PR blow will be such that, Boris Johnson will likely put money into the community and not the club. Best case for the club is that Levy is forced to step down, for funding to go through…

        This ruling was procedural on law. Meaning it was allowed to go through to explore one aspect of the choice of West Ham. And the cynical nature of it is beyond transparent. Spurs only went after the Olympic stadium to get an advantage form their council to build. The day the Sunday Times ran the story of the West Ham insider in the OPLC, Spurs had on the front page of their web site their vision of a new Tottenham based stadium… They having been locally denied pressed forward with still unnamed investigators who, as it turns out, used illegal means to gather personal records…. So the used a wedge… Everyone else be damned.

        So to say that Spurs now hold the cards, is just naive. If anything they have their tail between their legs fighting back anyway they can. Tottenham the community will cry foul is a rich football club gets millions in bail outs while the youth still have no jobs, nor community outreach.

        and I will freely admit I am hardly an objective person on this… But some facts are just that… facts.

        • Ringo says:

          “Once Scotland Yard reel in the net on Tottenham…” hahahaha you’re delusional. Trust me, I don’t want Spurs to move to Stratford, but Levy has done everything by the books on this one. West Ham was given an unfair advantage and the courts agreed with this, which is why the appeal was upheld. I hope that it turns out as Nelson implies and Levy eventually spins this into an advantage for the Northumberland Redevelopment Project, but to act like Levy is a criminal because of this is downright hilarious.

          • trickybrkn says:

            Ringo, your hubris may not be well founded… Scotland Yard requested the documents that Spurs sent over that offered to drop the suit v West Ham dropping legal action on the hacking.. So you see it has already started.

            I suggest that he is callus of London’s chances of holding the 2017 Athletics, and acted illegally by hacking. end of.

            Levy has every opportunity and right to fight for the stadium, but you do realize that the reason this last case was put forth was based on the fact that Spurs believe that WHU had an unfair advantage because of Newham signing on. The irony is that Spurs want their local council to sign on to their development plans, and had AEG on their bid, which was offering much more then 40 mil.
            The further irony is that last week Spurs had announced that they would drop the case, and where in talks with Boris Johnson to use 8.5 mil of a 20 mil grant from post riot rebuild grants on a new stadium development. But, Levy walked away thinking he could/should get more. and pushed through with this case. Then, as I previously mentioned, contacted WHU offering to drop the suit if West Ham dropped its legal action on hacking. Those are the facts of what HAS happened. You are more then welcome to have an opinion on the matter, but facts are facts.. yeah/

  2. David the Yank says:

    When have cities paying for stadia ever resulted in long-lasting increases in employment?!? (Never). Sure, some construction (temporary) jobs, but nothing that will save an area. Costs to city will massively outweigh any long-term benefits to local area…

  3. Nelson says:

    One thing the city could do is create better public transport to the area (tube stations). This would improve the area and would also benefit Spurs. There is some reluctancy in building a large stadium if no one can get to it. Also, forgive me if I implied that the mayor would give money to be directly used on the stadium itself. I don’t believe this is the case.

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