Key facts

Club: Tottenham Hotspur FC | Capacity: 61,000 seats | Scheduled opening: 2018 | Status: in planning

Description

Tottenham Hotspur has recently started construction of a new stadium next to their current ground White Hart Lane.

For years the club had been looking for ways to increase revenue by either refurbishing White Hart Lane, building a brand new stadium, or moving to an already existing stadium, which at different points in time was either the new Wembley Stadium or the London Olympic Stadium.

However, after loosing out on the Olympic Stadium, the club fully committed to plans that were first presented in 2008, and are often referred to as the Northumberland Development Project.

These plans involve the construction of a new stadium with a capacity of 61,000 seats to be built adjacent to White Hart Lane. The project furthermore aims to regenerate the Tottenham area, for which the stadium serves as an anchor and around which other smaller projects will be tied.

The stadium will be bowl-shaped, with flowing lines similar to the Emirates stadium, and a single-tier home stand behind the goal with a capacity of 17,000 seats.

The project initially moved slowly due to a string of legal problems,most of all relating to the reluctance of one local landowner to comply with a compulsory purchase order, but by the end of 2015 the club had secured planning permission and the compulsory purchase order was deemed valid in court.

Construction of the new stadium started in early 2016, and by the end of the year the first tier had been erected on three sides. The fourth side will only be built after the 2016-17 season will be finished so that Spurs can finish the season at White Hart Lane. They will then move to Wembley for the 2017-18 season, before returning to the completed new season for the 2018-19 season.

In 2015, the club announced a deal with the NFL to host two NFL regular season games a year at the new stadium. For this special adjustments will be made including a synthetic pitch underneath the regular grass pitch and larger dressing rooms.