Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium plans are back in the spotlight, with the Mail on Sunday’s Alex Miller reporting that the club are looking into the prospect of a ground-share with a London-based NFL franchise.
NFL is on the agenda this weekend, with the Jacksonville Jaguars taking on the San Francisco 49ers at Wembley on Sunday.
Such has been the success of the NFL games in London, the idea of a London-based team playing in the NFL has been floated.
If this idea were to get off the ground, conventional wisdom says Wembley would likely be the side’s home venue.
Not necessarily so, writes Miller, who says:
Tottenham are working on secret plans for a new 65,000-seat multi-purpose stadium that would allow them to share with a London-based NFL franchise.
Earlier this year, Spurs dumped their original designs for a 56,000-seat stadium costing £400million, stating that they wanted to reconsider a number of interior features at the new White Hart Lane.
But The Mail on Sunday can reveal Spurs have appointed Populous, designers of the Olympic Stadium and the Emirates Stadium—home to north London rivals Arsenal—to design a bigger ground allowing an easy switch from football to NFL.
Miller adds that such a move would put Spurs on collision course with the FA, whose Wembley Stadium currently plays host to the NFL International Series.