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Could Tottenham Hotspur Stadium be London’s newest landmark?

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25th Apr 2019 Travel

Could Tottenham Hotspur Stadium be London’s newest landmark?

The besieged Tottenham Hotspur Stadium regeneration finally concluded on April 3 as the Lilywhites christened their new home ground. After season ticket controversy and endless delays, the outlook was not good for the £850 million project.

Game day was business as usual, however, with the inaugural Spurs vs Palace game featuring heavily in the bet365 bonus codes for 2019. The team have since beaten league-topping Manchester City, suggesting the stadium is a good omen. But will it bring more to London than just football?

NFL lands in Tottenham

In July 2015, the National Football League confirmed a 10-year deal with the new stadium to play two matches per year. The 62,062-capacity venue will host two games this October, generating upwards of £32 million for the UK economy, based on 2014 figures.

The state-of-the-art construction has been designed with American football in mind, featuring a fully retractable natural turf pitch concealing an artificial playing surface. This will surely be a draw for US tourists, who spent £3.6 billion in the UK in 2017.

Joshua “on the radar” for summer boxing 

Additionally, Tottenham have not been shy about their desire to host boxing legend Anthony Joshua at his next London fight. His promoter, Eddie Kearn, stoked the flames when he praised the innovative design, though he advised the roofless structure would limit Joshua to summer dates.

The IBO heavyweight drew 80,000 fans to his record-breaking match against Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to make London a “rival to Vegas” for boxing, giving Tottenham Hotspur’s new venue even more grounds for iconic status.

Beyond the world of sport

Alongside its immense potential for sports tourism, Tottenham Hotspur’s innovative attractions will surely put it on the map, amongst other landmarks as famous as the Shard. The heart-pounding Skywalk allows visitors to walk 40 metres above the pitch, taking in views of London just as they would in Southwark.

Similarly, abseiling and high-adrenaline climbing are not limited to the O2 and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Daredevil visitors can abseil from the stadium roof to ground level. For the faint-hearted, stadium tours should soon rival nearby London clubs.

Local regeneration

The regeneration of White Hart Lane has also kick started plans for a £1 billion transformation scheme of the shabby area between two key landmarks – the new stadium and the London Overground station – a revamp that isn’t just good news for Spurs fans. With work due to start later in the year, the investment in the area could mean positive things for the neighbourhoods position on London’s property league table too.

From ground-breaking technology to limitless crowd potential, White Hart Lane may soon become London’s most attractive destination. It may not have opened smoothly, but time will tell if it was worth the wait.

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