One of the Premier League’s most exciting teams will be playing one of the world’s most exciting sports at the new stadium. Could Tottenham’s new stadium be the grounds for England’s first NFL team?
Tottenham Hotspur have signed a deal with the National Football League (NFL) to host gridiron football games at the club’s new stadium during its first ten years.
According to the Telegraph, the Spurs have agreed to host a minimum of 20 games for the American sports mega league over a ten-year span, likely starting with the club’s expected opening between 2018 and 2019. Tottenham’s new stadium will reportedly be fully equipped to handle the larger locker rooms and unique turf the NFL uses for professional games.
The new stadium for Tottenham is expected to have a capacity of 61,000 – well over 500 more than the Gunners have at Emirates Stadium and nearly 20,000 more than Stamford Bridge.
The most popular sports league in the United States, the NFL have been eager to expand to new audiences around the world and have hosted games at Wembley Stadium since 2007. Last year the NFL hosted a record three games in the UK – all of which were to sold out crowds and were still watched by tens of thousands on TVs in the United States. This year the NFL will host another three games – the Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, the Detroit Lions vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, and one of the most popular rivalry games in the league – the Miami Dolphins vs. the New York Jets.
There are also hopes that the new stadium could be home to the first ever NFL franchise in the UK.