Writer: Cider Spurs.
Date:Sunday October 27 2013
Lots of talk doing the rounds of late suggesting Spurs have ditched their current stadium build plans, and have appointed Populous (Olympic Stadium, Emirates) to redesign the stadium with a view to allowing Football and NFL to be played at White Hart Lane, by way of a sliding pitch.
The new stadium would see the capacity rise from the original 56 000 reported, to somewhere in the 65 000 bracket. This therefore raises my first question, surely we as a club would have to go back to the planning application process once more?, very time consuming, and frustrating for many. That said, if true, it would enable the club to accomodate a further 9000 paying fans (40 000 awaiting season tickets by all accounts ).
With an NFL game a season currently being played at Wembley (increased to 2 this year and 3 next, it may just be that Spurs as a business want a sli! ce of the action, why not?, Wembleys profit for staging such events is based at between £500 000 and £1 000 000. Spurs may just be looking at the bigger picture, and not only offer an alternative to Wembley hosting games, but forming a partnership and actually having an NFL team as a tenant. This would allow for a split of the gate receipts, whilst still being able to charge hosting costs. That could equate to millions per game. 8 a season are played at home.
This scenario could put us on a collision course with the FA, but only over the 2-3 games we could hypothetically poach, because an NFL tenant would have to have use of the venue from summer to the following January, something i doubt the FA and Wembley could accomodate. So on that basis, maybe we will steal a march on others, and react to Roger Goodell (NFL commissioner) when he spoke at a sports journalists' lunch this week...'The great thing about our fans in the UK is that it seems they want more and mor! e. And we want to deliver that. I've often said i don't rule out that there could be a franchise here in the UK. If it continues to grow that is a real possibility'. It appears he is keen on establishing a franchise in London after the success of a series of one-off matches.
If these new developments are to be believed then there is a lot to consider. Where will the sliding pitch be housed?, time delays and added costs. We seem to be building a rapport with our neighbours across the pond, maybe this is going to be the next step. Calculators at the ready...Money men at Spurs...Over to you.
Written by Cider Spurs.
Date:Sunday October 27 2013
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