Former Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has said that the news that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will not be hosting NFL matches this year comes as a huge financial blow to the club.
The NFL have now confirmed that all the games of the American Football season will be played in the USA, including those initially scheduled to be played in the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The venue in North London was expected to host two regular season games as part of a ten-year agreement between Tottenham and the NFL.
The Daily Mail reveals that the decision could cost Tottenham in excess of £4million in matchday revenue.
Furthermore, with reports indicating that all Premier League fixtures next season could also be played behind closed doors (Sky Sports), it is not clear if the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be open to NFL matches or any other events in 2021 either.
Hutton feels that this will be a major financial blow for Tottenham given that the cost of building the new stadium was driven up in order to accommodate NFL games and other events.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former Scotland international said: “I think that was one of the main things when they were building the stadium, they’ve actually turned it into a NFL ground, there’s locker rooms and all that on the other side of the stadium so it was really geared up towards that.
“It was massive money, something like £4 million and two games, something like that, which has been cancelled so that’s huge. They’re obviously losing all that revenue and that so it’s a difficult period for them.
“Over the years Levy has been renowned for how well he is running the club and this is really going to test him. There’s a lot of things going against them financially at the moment.”
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It is not just the NFL facilities that drove the cost up but the stadium was also designed to be a world-class concert venue. It is clear that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is not going to host any other event at least for the rest of the year. Given the substantial debt we owe on the stadium, this puts us in an extremely precarious position.
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