Tottenham Hotspur gets permission for stadium capacity increase

Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed plans to increase the capacity of the club’s newly built stadium, after approval was received by Haringey Council.

The news means that the maximum capacity of the North London stadium will be increased to 62,214, with it adding a new seats in the North and South stands.

The stadium, which was opened for the first time last season, when Spurs defeated Crystal palace by two goals to nil, following goals from Son Heung-Min and Christian Eriksen. The victory helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side secure a top four finish last season garuntee Champions League football in the new stadium this season.

Not only will the stadium host NFL games, but a five-year partnership with Saracens Rugby Club has also been announced, that will see the side play its annual ‘Big Game’ Gallagher Premiership Rugby fixture at the stadium from 2020.

The much anticipated event, which traditionally takes place during the March international football break had previously been played at Wembley Stadium and, more recently, West Ham United’s London Stadium.

Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur Chairman, lauded the partnership following its announcement: “This agreement with Saracens further reinforces our aspiration to deliver a world-class multi-use venue in our home of Tottenham.

“To attract one of world rugby’s biggest club sides will bring a new audience to the area, as well as help drive significant socio-economic benefits for businesses and local people, as we continue to underline our commitment to the regeneration of North Tottenham.

“We look forward to welcoming Saracens and their fans to Tottenham and delivering world-class rugby matchday experiences, showcasing our new stadium and all the surrounding area has to offer.

“This is an exciting partnership and, alongside Premier League and NFL matches, it is one that continues to underline our desire to create a sports and entertainment destination that we believe can transform this area of London.”