Tottenham Hotspur set for soccer mecca
Fans 'will find themselves closer to the pitch than at any other comparable stadium' if designs for the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium are approved, says Daniel Levy, Chairman of the soccer club, as the planning application for the 56,000 capacity stadium was submitted today.
The application from the North London team represents a desire from the club to compete with other Premier League teams such as Arsenal whose Emirates Stadium design, by HOK, is the envy of clubs nationwide.
The new stadium will be constructed on the land of the existing stadium at White Hart Lane and will expand its footprint and surrounding public realm. Architects KSS have designed a visibly attractive stadium to act as a flagship for the wider regeneration of the Haringey area. The wider plans, masterplanned by MAKE, include the world class stadium which is expected to offer sufficient potential as a stadium in the 2018 World Cup bid, a public square with two amphitheatres designed by Martha Schwartz Partners, a 150 bedroom hotel, a supermarket, 434 new homes and space for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
Local MP David Lammy advised that the plans have received an 'overwhelmingly positive response' in particular because of the economic boost to the area which he believes will contribute a 'dramatic and positive difference to North Tottenham'.
From the fans perspective the plans for the KSS designed stadium, which reduce the amount of corporate space to accommodate a 63 row single-tier, will achieve maximum atmosphere - particularly for the home team. Chair of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust said: "I am delighted that the Club has placed the experience of regular supporters at the top of their agenda and I'm convinced this will be a Stadium of which our supporters will be proud. The single-tier stand in particular, which we requested at the outset, will create an even more intimidating atmosphere for the visiting team. Together with the improved open spaces and modern facilities, this is an exciting time for all Tottenham supporters and the Club and we look forward to moving into our new home."
Project Director at KSS, David Kerle added: "The acoustics will be excellent, with the bowl design helping to reflect sound back onto the pitch whilst the
stadium architecture itself responds to the Spurs identity, using flowing lines and a gracefully undulating roof
to create a visually striking building.
“It will be an exceptional place to watch football and a fantastic addition to this part of the High Road.”
Niki May Young