There has been a bit of a hole at Tottenham this season. Not a hole in the side or a hole in the budget, but a massive hole in the corner of the stadium as some of the old White Hart Lane has had to be demolished in order to make way for a vital pillar in the brand-new 60,000 seat arena where Spurs will be playing their football next season.
But it may not be the only type of football being played in the ground. After seeing the excellent commercial opportunities Wembley has capitalised on by hosting American Football games, Daniel Levy is keen to follow the trend by hosting matches from the NFL at the new ground.
Further than that, the idea for the first ever Premier League/NFL double header has also been suggested for the new ground, with a Spurs football match being followed directly by a game from the NFL.
This is news that will likely divide a lot of fans, of Spurs and of general football, but there can be no doubt that this represents the growing globalisation of both football and American football. In the United Kingdom, there is now a market for people to go out and watch American football. More and more people are staying awake long into the night to watch the Superbowl, and the Premier League is going the same way in America.
The idea is a money spinner, and will bring new fans to the Premier League as well as the NFL, but traditional fans of Spurs will hardly be enthralled about the idea of more tourism disrupting the atmosphere in the stadium, or the pitch being ruined by hard tackling.
If Daniel Levy wishes to exploit the growing American football market in the UK, fine, but make sure it is not at the expense of the fans.
Spurs’ new stadium will not be ready until next year, and the reduced capacity White Hart Lane is not really suitable to host the prestige of Champions League games right now. To get around this problem, Tottenham will play their Champions League home matches at Wembley Stadium, and are already well on the way to record ticket sales because of it.
Well over 50,000 seats have already been sold for the Monaco game, and Spurs’ all time record attendance was 75,038. This was a cup game against Sunderland in 1938.
This is very positive news for the club. Not only does it mean that the ground should be rocking for the Monaco game next week, it also proves that there is a demand for the new, big stadium in North London, and the Lilywhites shouldn’t have any problems filling it. Positive times ahead.
Away from stadium news, Spurs have told Son Heung Min he can leave the club in January, as long as Wolfsburg stump up the £33 million asking price.
Son recently returned early from international duty in a bid to save his Tottenham career, but the signings of Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko have pushed the South Korean further down the pecking order.
Still, he remains an excellent, versatile, hard-working option from the bench, hence the high asking price, and Spurs would be better off keeping him unless they have a replacement lined up.
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