The Daily Mail have revealed that Tottenham are negotiating an extension to their agreement with the NFL regarding hosting matches annually at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham’s home ground was purpose-built to be able to host NFL matches, thanks to an artificial turf below the retractable football pitch.
The NFL are said to have contributed an initial £10m, plus further payments for maintenance and upgrades to the 62,850-capacity venue.
Spurs agreed to a 10-year staging contract worth £40million to host two regular-season matches at their stadium each year, starting in 2019.
However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the late opening of the stadium, there were three cancelled games in 2018 and 2020.
Normal service is expected to resume this year, with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium once again set to host two NFL matches this autumn.
The Mail have revealed that Spurs are now negotiating a two-year extension to their contract with the NFL since they were not able to host matches over the last two years.
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If the agreement is reached, that would mean that Tottenham’s home ground would be hosting two matches per season until 2031.
Spurs Web Opinion
The fact that the Spurs stadium is being used to host the NFL, concerts and other sporting events, might not sit well with some purists.
A section of Tottenham fans will likely see it as further evidence that ENIC care more about making money than about delivering a successful football team. However, the two are intrinsically tied together.
Hosting these events will add to our coffers and would thus better equip us to be able to compete with top clubs in the transfer market for years, if not decades to come.