Mansion Stadium? - Part 2

Little after appointing Harry Redknapp as manager, club chairman Daniel Levy announced plans to move Tottenham Hotspur away from White Hart Lane; into a new stadium to rival the best in the country. It has been evident in years gone by that Arsenal have been rapidly moving away from their North London counterparts, and the construction of The Emirates further cemented their position. However, this project should cement Tottenham’s role as a club challenging for the Premier League top 5.

The stadium will hold just over 58,000 fans, with four tiers including corporate boxes. Although slightly smaller than The Emirates Stadium, the architects have been strictly instructed to design the round so that no atmosphere is lost in the oval-shaped proposal. The fans will be closer to the pitch than in any comparable stadium, therefore the Spurs faithful will be able to be heard in full voice around the fixture.

The stadium, however, is not the sole representative of the project. The Northumberland Development Project details plans of a public square on Tottenham High Road, hosting events such as street markets, performers and an ice rink. About the area, landscape architect Martha Schwartz said:

“Spurs has been at the centre of Tottenham life for over a hundred years and the local people are proud of this heritage, they are proud to be Tottenham. The public space around the new stadium is an opportunity to celebrate this connection and provide a catalyst for regeneration.

“Our challenge has been designing space that is safe and exciting on a match day but that also engages and energizes the local community on non-match days.

“Tottenham has a young and vibrant population, but the quality of public space is low, particularly along the High Road, and there are few places to hang out and play. For this reason a new public square is at the heart of the proposals and will provide a space for Spurs fantastic supporters to gather but also space for civic events, learning and play.”

The new ground will still be situated in Haringey, and, indeed, just across the road from the existing White Hart Lane. There was talk of a proposed move to the new Olympic Stadium in the summer, but there was one issue raised by every Spurs fan: nobody wants a move away from Tottenham. Many years ago, Arsenal moved away from their home in Woolwich to North London, Tottenham’s home, and then a special rivalry was born. Nobody wants that lost. Levy also spoke of the project:

We received an overwhelmingly positive response to our first exhibition and we have spent the past few months further developing our plans, adding new elements, responding to feedback and evolving the scheme to where it is now.

“Too often new stadiums are surrounded by empty, dead space and we did not want that in Tottenham. Instead, with these new plans for the public square and public space, we have embraced the opportunity to create something truly special for local people.

“I believe the result is a space which has endless possible uses, is both fun and practical and will also build on the work of the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation which already touches the lives of tens of thousands of people of all ages and abilities in Haringey and across North London. It provides an ideal area to engage with the community in both educational and social activities.

“We have always had the very highest aspirations for the Northumberland Development Project and this space completes a development which has the potential to be a flagship for the wider regeneration of the area.

“In respect of the stadium, we have been urging our architects to push the boundaries on technical design aspects in order to create a tighter bowl and an unbeatable match-day atmosphere. We are currently well known for the fantastic support from the stands and we wanted to ensure that this was retained and prioritised at a new stadium.”

5 Responses to “Mansion Stadium? - Part 2”

  1. I*T*P*L Says:

    It’ll be a good move for you to help the club really kick on and become a force, but only if the money’s there and stays there to build it then still be able to sign quality players. It seems daft to me to go for 58,000, you might as well have 61,000 just get get one up on Arsenal.

  2. huhlimaha Says:

    Damn, how much money do spurs have. They already spend more than anyone else on transfers (most of which are flops).

  3. Othello Says:

    Don’t really care if our new stadium is smaller than that of the Arse… the important thing is that we’ll be able to compete financially once the stadium is built and the special atmosphere at the ground will be kept by the new design. Arse’s stadium has only gone to make their old library seem noisier than their new ground! And the incorporation of public spaces means that the area will remain an attractive destination on non-matchdays.

  4. WhatDOspursDOtoHAVEsoMUCHmoney? Says:

    What happens if spurs builds a stadium half finished then ends up getting relegated?? What happens to the stadium then? Stability before trying to push yourselves to the big four’s level is key!

  5. Serena Says:

    Wonderfull…

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