English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur is exploring the possibility of teaming up with an NFL American football team to build a new stadium in London, according to the Mail on Sunday.
The newspaper reported that Tottenham had appointed stadium architect Populous to design a new 65,000-seat multi-purpose venue, to be shared with an NFL team. Populous designed Emirates Stadium, the 60,000-seat home of Tottenham’s bitter north London rival, Arsenal. Tottenham, which plays at 36,000-seat White Hart Lane, scrapped plans for a new £400 million, 56,000-capacity stadium earlier this year.
“Tottenham Hotspur has always seen the new stadium as being at the heart of the regeneration of the area and this process can be enhanced through future-proofing the design, as well as increasing the functionality of the stadium,” a club spokesperson told the newspaper. “The club intends to continue to examine all options as it refines its plans.” The NFL, which is thought to be considering London as a destination for a permanent franchise in the coming years, has been committing increasing time and resources to the UK capital city in recent years.
London staged a game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers at Wembley Stadium yesterday – the second regular-season game at the venue in the space of a month. The league has planned three games at Wembley in 2014. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said before Sunday’s game: “The great thing about our fans in the UK is that it seems they want more and more. 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.”