Tottenham Hotspur is hoping its new palace will draw National Football League games away from Wembley, and perhaps the first NFL franchise away from the States.
The refurbished Spurs grounds are set to be ready in 2018-19, and will have all the amenities and infrastructure necessary to host the larger rosters — in size and quantity — of NFL teams.
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A London Evening Standard report says Spurs are in talks with the NFL to host games in the $600 million stadium.
Standard Sport has spoken to NFL experts who confirm the East Stand zone would suit an NFL side. A typical “locker room” area must accommodate 53 players and 15-20 coaches — far more than is necessary for a football team. There must also be extensive space to house playing equipment, and provision for medical treatment as well as physiotherapy — which is factored into Tottenham’s drawings.
Standard Sport understands the NFL believe Wembley is not ideal in terms of the experience it offers American football fans and would prefer a ground more suited to them. Spurs’ stadium could provide the solution and talks have taken place between the club and the sport’s governing body.
This would be a potential nightmare for Spurs players, especially given what a pair of NFL teams could do to grass in December (let alone for 8 home games a year). Or could we, gasp, see artificial turf?
Still, to be the first NFL franchise outside of the United States would be worth it for Daniel Levy’s bunch. Stay tuned.