Nobby Posted April 11, 2007 Share Posted April 11, 2007 SPURS EYE WEMBLEY WAY Exclusive by Steve Stammmers TOTTENHAM could make Wembley their new home for two years if the club decide to completely rebuild White Hart Lane. That is one of the options being considered by chairman Daniel Levy and his board as they attempt to boost the image and the income of the club. Levy and his team have made a thorough logistical survey on how to expand the capacity at White Hart Lane and are aware that the vast majority of Spurs fans want to stay close to the stadium which has been their home since 1899. They looked at relocation outside the borough of Haringey but there were numerous obstacles to overcome. On one potential site, for instance, Levy discovered that he would have to deal with EIGHTY different owners. The preference is to stay at White Hart Lane, and redeveloping the stadium from scratch has also been put forward as a possibility. Indeed, there have been inquiries made about the cost of buying properties close to the existing ground so that the club could demolish the present stadium and in its place build a 55,000-capacity new one which would offer the best in corporate facilities and generate the kind of income that Arsenal are reaping from the £350million Emirates project at Ashburton Grove. No planning applications have yet been submitted to Haringey council and Tottenham would need to satisfy the borough that it would be of immense benefit to keep the club at its present location. If the ambitious plan is given the green light Tottenham would need a temporary base while the stadium is built over, probably, two years. The most logical solution would be to share with Arsenal at The Emirates but Levy is well aware that the idea would be greeted with mass disapproval from both sets of fans. That is why the new Wembley stadium could enter the equation. Wembley's owners have made it clear they have had no talks with any club about using the new ground but Tottenham look certain to make an approach should they choose to knock down White Hart Lane. Many hurdles would still have to be overcome should Tottenham decide to go down that route - notably the public transport infrastructure as well as having to cope with the increase in the number of private cars that would be generated by a stadium with a capacity some 20,000 more than the present 36,000. But Levy is determined that Tottenham should progress off the field as well as on it. He is involved in a battle to establish a new training centre and academy close to the A10- M25 junction at Middleton House and he also wants a stadium which would reflect the ambitions of the club. http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=12575085 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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