Tottenham’s £400m redevelopment of White Hart Lane may include a retractable grass pitch as the Premier League club considers the possibility of sharing the stadium with a new London NFL franchise, according to reports.
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The stadium, which is due for completion at the start of the 2018-19 season, could involve a retractable grass pitch with a synthetic surface housed underneath, The Daily Mail reports.
A retractable grass pitch would be beneficial for both sports after footballers complained about the state of the pitch following NFL games, while grid iron players prefer to play on synthetic fields as grass cuts up too easily.
According to the report, Tottenham plan includes building larger change rooms to accommodate for massive NFL squad sizes.
A spokesperson for Tottenham told the The Daily Mail said the club was still looking at its options.
“The club has always seen the new stadium as being at the heart of the regeneration of the area and it is important, therefore, to look at how we future-proof the design, as well as increasing the functionality of the stadium, whilst being conscious of community uses,” the spokesperson said.
“At this stage it is about looking at options but nothing more.”
The NFL now plays three regular-season games a year at Wembley, however it is believed the introduction of London NFL franchise is still a few years away.