English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur has revealed updated plans for its new stadium that will make it the biggest club football venue in London.
The stadium, which is due to open in 2018 as part of the Northumberland Development Project, will now be a 61,000-seat facility – up from the initial plans of a 56,250 capacity. This takes it above rival Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which holds 60,432, while Premier League champion Chelsea plans to redevelop its Stamford Bridge ground to a 60,000 capacity.
The design features a 17,000-capacity single-tier stand – the largest of its kind in England, while a number of features such as a retractable pitch with an artificial surface underneath and bigger dressing rooms are included with Tottenham’s 10-year deal to host NFL American football games in mind.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “We are all excited to be taking the project to the next stage. Our commitment is to find the best solution for the club, our supporters and our community. It will be our new home for many years to come and we want it to be exceptional in every aspect.
“Schemes of this scale and magnitude must undergo continuous and rigorous review in order to ensure it is future-proofed and the design is optimised. We are determined that this scheme delivers something that becomes an iconic landmark, instantly recognisable around the world and capable of acting as the catalyst needed to kick-start the regeneration of this area.”
Other elements in the development include an enhanced public open space including a multi-use game area, an 180-bedroom hotel containing 49 serviced apartments on the upper floors and a ‘Sky Walk’ along the top of the stadium offering views of London. The Northumberland Development Project will also provide 579 new homes – up from the 285 in the current permission – and a new community health centre. A new building to host extreme sports is also planned, including the tallest indoor climbing wall in the world.
Christopher Lee, senior principal of Populous, the architecture and design company behind the project, said: “The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium marks a new generation of stadia design: stadia that provide an unparalleled experience for all fans, that are civic in their nature and hold community at their heart but above all else create the most intense and atmospheric place to watch football.
“The seating bowl is designed to create an intimate relationship between player and spectator, its 17,000 capacity single tier end stand, a tribute to traditional English football grounds, will be the largest in the UK and will be the engine that drives the intensity and atmosphere in the new Spurs stadium. It will be like no other.”