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Spurs new stadium to host NFL games

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Tottenham have announced a deal with the NFL that will see them host fixtures in their new stadium, which will have a capacity of 61,000 (one thousand more than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium).

The Premier League club are due to move into a new home in 2018 and will now host regular-season NFL games on an artificial surface which will be installed under the regular grass pitch used by Spurs.

Tottenham, who will relocate for a season whilst the work is completed, have completed a 10-year deal with the NFL that will see them host a minimum of two games a year – with chairman Daniel Levy pleased with what the agreement will mean to the surrounding area.

"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," he said.

"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."

Wembley has already hosted 11 NFL fixtures, with three more scheduled for later in 2015, with the sport proving popular in Britain with 10 crowds of over 80,000 already recorded.

Tottenham, who could yet spend the year away from their ground at Wembley, will be hoping to tap into that popularity when they begin hosting matches from 2018 onwards.

Both Spurs and a potential London-based NFL franchise were unsuccessful in bids to take tenancy of the Olympic Stadium – soon to become the new home of West Ham – but Mayor of London Boris Johnson believes more fixtures in the capital could lead to a franchise following soon.

"Anyone who has seen American Football at Wembley Stadium cannot fail to have been thrilled by the spectacle," he said.

"The wise heads that run the NFL have clearly not missed the fact that Londoners are going absolutely gangbusters for gridiron.

"We are already working very closely with the NFL, including on plans to get more Londoners involved in the sport, and we believe that building on the success of NFL at Wembley by staging more games in an area of the city that has been earmarked for a massive program of economic regeneration and investment makes perfect sense.

"Touchdowns in Tottenham can only add to our reputation as a global sporting powerhouse, and help us take another step towards our goal of having a permanent NFL franchise here in London."

The deal is not exclusive and NFL games can take place at other venues in the UK – with Wembley issuing a statement shortly after the Tottenham link-up was announced, detailing their hopes of a continuing relationship with the sport.

"Wembley has enjoyed a unique and successful relationship with the NFL since the International Series commenced in 2007," it read.

"American Football has been embraced by fans in the UK and Europe and has grown year-on-year.

"Amongst the numerous successes has been the growth of the Jacksonville Jaguars whose community engagement and annual appearances have given a sense of the NFL's long-term commitment to the sport in the UK.

"Wembley Stadium has a proven record of hosting some of the world's biggest events, from record breaking concerts, UEFA Champions League Finals, to the upcoming Rugby World Cup fixtures and the UEFA 2020 European Championship Semi-Finals and Final and we look forward to the NFL remaining part of this iconic venue's annual schedule."

 

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Cody

    July 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Spurs fans are overjoyed now, but have no idea of the austerity the team will face during stadium construction.

  2. CTBlues

    July 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I have been reading they are going to have 2 playing surfaces. Grass for soccer and FieldTurf for football. I just want to know how they are going to get rid of the grass for the NFL games are they going to use a system like the Cardinals do in Arizona where they wheel the grass out to a lot next to the stadium but they don’t have the land to do that. I’m going to laugh my ass off if they just have FieldTurf and the roll sod out for Spuds.

  3. Michael

    July 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Grass on top of artificial turf? Not possible.

  4. StellaWasAlwaysDown

    July 8, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Why jet-lag NFL teams to play over there? They already had an NFL Europe and it failed. Let the NFL go over for extremely expensive summer tours like they do over here. Then the teams can rest most of the big players and play what amounts to a pick-up game for big bucks.

    • CTBlues

      July 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      The Brits already new what the real NFL was because the NFL has been shown on Free OTA TV since the 80’s and we tried to peddle them a minor league so no one watched.

  5. Pnut Gallery

    July 8, 2015 at 11:10 am

    When will Spurs get their own SSS? Hasn’t the EPL come far enough that they don’t have to share a stadium with an NFL team. Oh wait…

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