Tottenham Hotspur given permission to increase stadium capacity
According to Sky Sports, Spurs have been given permission by Haringey Council to increase the capacity of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
This will see the stadium’s capacity increase from 62,303 to 62,850. This will see a boost of 547 seats to the state of the art facility.
Spurs have confirmed it is the final application for a non-material amendment that will see additional seating being incorporated to the lower, mid and upper tiers and in the South Stand.
According to the report, the additional seats can be accommodated through minor modifications to the south-west and south-east tunnels. This will be done via the insertion of seats in the lateral gangway in front of the media tribune and reconfigured access points.
The club is going ahead with the work as fans continue to be absent owing to the coronavirus pandemic. There is no clarity as of yet regarding when fans will be allowed back in.
It was also reported by The Telegraph that Tottenham could benefit massively from ‘Project Big Picture’ that is currently being pushed by Liverpool and Manchester United.
Biased in favour of the big clubs?
The plans allow leading Premier League clubs to claim major subsidies for stadium improvements. Clubs could claim up to £250m of subsidies towards improving existing stands or even building a new ground.
However, the club should have been in the top flight for 12 of the last 15 years. According to the report, Spurs would be entitled to a £125m rebate on their modern £1billion stadium.
The proposals put forward by the project have however come in for much criticism from a number of Premier League sides and also lower league clubs. It is seen as an effort for the big six teams to consolidate their hold on the footballing pyramid.
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