Four stadiums Spurs could share while away from White Hart Lane
Following today’s news that Spurs will have to spend a season (2017/18) sharing a stadium while their new ground is built adjacent to White Hart Lane, Coral writers got thinking about alternative accommodation for Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
We’ve come up with four other London venues that capital club Tottenham could temporarily inhabit, and some are controversial. As Spurs have average attendances of 35k plus, that is factored into our thinking.
With the FA still paying off the national stadium for eight or nine years, could they reach a deal that see Spurs use this hallowed turf? Wembley was rebuilt at a cost of £757m, and England are tied in to play home games there until the debt is cleared.
Tottenham could potentially sell more than double the number of tickets they normally do, and would face no conflict of sharing the ground as the Three Lions only play internationals when Premier League and other club action takes a break.
West Ham United are due to move into the arena used to house the 2012 London Olympics Athletics in 2016. The renovations done to convert this into a football stadium will give the ground a capacity of 54k. Spurs could thus have a potential 15k-20k more bums on seats if they spent a season at the Hammers’ new home.
Although the rivalry between Tottenham and West Ham is not as fierce as some other London clubs, some talented Hammers players have moved to White Hart Lane in recent years. Scott Parker, Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick spring to mind, though all have since moved on.
Co-habiting with Chelsea would see Spurs go west. The Bridge’s capacity is close to that of the Lane, but it would be a far from friendly arrangement following the Blues successes started during Jose Mourinho’s first spell. That being said, Tottenham have more hated rivals…
How about this for an odd couple? Arsenal would see Spurs as squatters in their stadium, but it would make for an interesting temporary match. It might just be the only way to further intensify the rivalry between these north London neighbours.
The Gunners would demand plenty from Tottenham in exchange for allowing them access to a ground that can have gates of 60k. A derby game with Spurs designated as hosts would be hostile to say the least!