Spurs confirm new stadium deal

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have agreed to a five-year deal with English top flight rugby side Saracens to play at the new stadium.

The deal will see the Gallagher Premiership outfit play their annual ‘Big Game’ fixture at the 62,062 capacity seater ground from 2020, the club confirmed on their official site.

Saracens had previously played their showpiece fixture at Wembley and West Ham’s London Stadium.

Rugby isn’t the first non-football sport which will be played in N17, Spurs already have a 10-year agreement with the NFL to host two American Football regular season games each year.

Underneath the grass playing surface at the new stadium, there is a retractable, dividing artificial playing surface which will be used for NFL matches.

Each of the three lengthwise sections of the grass pitch sits in a 3,000-ton steel tray with rails underneath and will manoeuvre them under the south stand to reveal the artificial surface below.

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