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Tottenham Hotspur Launch Ambitious NFL Stadium Plans: Daily Soccer Report

new white hart lane 600x372 Tottenham Hotspur Launch Ambitious NFL Stadium Plans: Daily Soccer Report

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in partnering with a London-based NFL team to share the new White Hart Lane stadium, which could be ready for opening in 2016.

According to Metro newspaper today, the combined effort could help build a new 65,000-seat stadium. Tottenham recently appointed new architects who could be drawing up plans for a stadium that would work for both soccer and American football. The plans would include a pitch that would slide out to protect the surface when it’s used for NFL games.

There’s plenty of speculation regarding the story, but according to the newspaper, “A Spurs spokesman refused to rule out the club working with an NFL franchise and insisted the ‘New White Hart Lane’ would be a multi-purpose arena.”

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22 Responses to Tottenham Hotspur Launch Ambitious NFL Stadium Plans: Daily Soccer Report

  1. Rick Smith says:

    I know Gooddell wants a team in London, but the way stadiums get build in the States will make it completely unpalatable in the austerity conscious UK.Only if the NFL agrees to split the bill, which will make a number of cities here pissed, I don’t see the funding coming in. However, the likely scenario would involve a team moving instead of expanding. On last remark, London is the NFL’s alternative threat since the LA one isn’t that powerful anymore.

  2. Georgie says:

    Why would NFL need a team in London? NFL is full of mediocre to plain awful teams. The overall league quality is abysmally low as is it. The recent MNP game with Gaints vs Vikings comes to mind.

  3. IanCransonsKnees says:

    How about a swap deal? An NFL franchise relocating here and the Manchester United franchise relocating to the US. Everyones a winner.

  4. Balboa77 says:

    What they should focus on is how to launch an ambitious plan to make the Champions League.

  5. Smokey Bacon says:

    There will have to flatten a few kebab and betting shops to make way for that stadium.

  6. Brad says:

    Wouldn’t a NFL team aligning with Spurs give the non-Spurs fans a reason to hate the NFL team.

  7. R.O says:

    Dumb. NFL – bunch of fat overweight guys with stomachs hanging out pushing around and acting as every play was the game winning play. These guys wouldn’t last 5 minutes in Australian rules football.

  8. Charles says:

    The NFL has a huge problem with its plans to locate a franchise in London: the NFL Player’s Association is dead set against it.

    The NFLPA believes that the league can’t move a team to London without approval from the union. The NFLPA regards the change in workplace conditions to be a mandatory subject of bargaining, which means that the NFL would have to raise it with the union and the two sides would have to come to some sort of an agreement regarding the concessions the league will make in order to permit a team to move to London.

    It’s possible that the NFLPA simply will never agree to a London move. If the board of player representatives and the union’s Executive Committee realize that any of them could be traded to the London team, or could have a London-based team as their only option for ongoing NFL employment via free agency, keeping a team out of London would keep that from ever happening.

    • Marc L says:

      London is not much more of a flight to the NE corridor than, say, San Diego, Phoenix, etc.

      But in terms of overall travel the players on a London team would be logging WAY more travel time than the usual club I’d think. So I can see why the NFLPA is against it.

      Of course, there is the fact that it is a pretty damned weak union in general.

  9. NC says:

    Terrific. Spurs in bed with the NFL. Another reason to hate Spurs. Carry on.

  10. David says:

    I think the bigger problem would be how would enough players get work permits with so many felons in the league. /s

  11. CTBlues says:

    London is just going to become the new threat that the NFL will use to get cities/states to pay for stadiums.

    • Marc L says:

      Yeah this – assuming finally someone decamps for LA (and I am surprised we are almost 20 years on without anyone making that happen.)

  12. Greg says:

    Some of us remember when the Monarchs of NFL Europe played at the Lane…

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