We will host first NFL London game of 2018 in October and today London mayor Sadiq Khan toured new £750m stadium with Daniel Levy
Our chairman showed Mr Khan around our new stadium on the day it was announced that White Hart Lane will host the first NFL London game of 2018.
The article by the London Evening Standard says that the Oakland Raiders will take on Seattle Seahawks on October 14 at our new 62,000-seater stadium, with the NFL announcing a further two matches to be played at Wembley at the end of October with Khan saying: “London is the international home of the NFL and I am really excited to welcome the world’s best American football stars and their thousands of fans from around the globe back to our city.
‘I’m delighted Tottenham Hotspur’s fantastic new stadium is joining the line-up of world-class sports arenas in our great city.
The mayor added: “Spurs’ new ground will stage one game in its first year of opening and in 2019 we look forward to going back to staging at least four NFL games in London.Once again, London has shown why it is the sporting capital of the world and open to the very best sports events.’
Our chairman took Khan and NFL executive vice-president Mark Waller around the ground and the article adds how the mayor was enthusiastic about the development and the benefits that it will bring to a traditionally deprived area of London: ‘I welcome the commitment from Spurs in building not just a fantastic stadium for Premier League football and the NFL, but also leading the regeneration of this area of London and investing in local people.’
Levy added: ‘Our vision was always to deliver far more than a stadium – we have looked to create a new sport and leisure destination for London and to start real place change in Tottenham – an area about which we are passionate.
‘The additional developments, new homes, new schools and shops, restored historic buildings and new jobs delivered has started to transform this area and it’s vital that the momentum we have created is supported and utilised to the benefit of the local community.’
On the NFL fixture, Levy added: ‘The announcement of the first game of the NFL’s 2018 London Games to take place at our new home heralds the commencement of our 10-year partnership.
‘This is one of the cornerstones of our vision for creating a world-class sports and leisure destination that will make Tottenham a hive of activity 365 days a year and drive the regeneration of one of the most deprived areas of London.
‘The NFL will bring a whole new audience to the local area, showcase Tottenham and bring further economic and social benefits with truly global coverage and attraction.’