Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has revealed that he’s open to the idea of sharing Spurs new arena with an NFL franchise in the future.
With major redevelopment underway in the White Hart Lane area, the Premier League side is in the process of building a new 61,000-seat stadium that is set to be done for the start of the 2018/19 season. Levy revealed that if the NFL wanted to put a permanent team in London he would gladly see them play at the new arena.
“We would welcome very much close co-operation with the NFL and a dedicated team,” Levy told ESPN. “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 very much welcome that scenario.
“We worked together [on the design]because it needed to be viewed as a combined joint soccer and NFL stadium. 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.”
He added: “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.”
The NFL has been playing games at Wembley since 2007, and there is already a 10-year agreement in place to start playing two games a year at Tottenham’s new arena starting in 2018/19.