Tottenham Hotspur is going all in on the NFL.
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With Spurs already agreeing a 10-year deal with the National Football League to host at least two NFL games per season at their new 61,000 capacity stadium when it opens in 2018, chairman Daniel Levy wants to take it a step further.
If an NFL franchise ever arrives in the UK, he wants it to be housed at Spurs’ new White Hart Lane stadium and believes the club would be able to accommodate that at the drop of a hat.
Speaking to ESPN, here’s what Levy had to say about his plans for an NFL franchise to be permanently housed at Spurs’ new home.
“We worked together because it needed to be viewed as a combined joint soccer and NFL stadium,” Levy said. “In fact, the way we designed the whole experience is one side of the stadium is a dedicated soccer entrance and the other side is a dedicated NFL entrance. If it ever got to a stage where the NFL decided it wanted to have a permanent team in London, this stadium could literally be, whatever the team was, their stadium as opposed to an NFL team feeling they’re renting Tottenham’s stadium.
“We would welcome very much close cooperation with the NFL and a dedicated team. Obviously a decision is entirely theirs whether they do bring a team to the UK, and where it would be located is something that would be talked about. But yes, we would be very much welcome to that scenario.”
Is anybody else ready for the “London Spurs” to enter the NFL sooner rather than later?
Seriously though, this a very smart business move from Spurs as Levy claimed that they could even host NFL and Premier League games on the same day at White Hart Lane. With the NFL’s popularity in the UK rising year-on-year, as we’ve seen with huge crowds at Wembley Stadium for the NFL International Series, the chance for Spurs’ new home to become the new home of any potential NFL franchise in the UK would be brilliant news for Tottenham.