According to a report in the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with NFL giants Oakland Raiders over a potential ground share for a full NFL season.
The Raiders were due to play a match at Tottenham’s new 62,062-capacity stadium this season but due to the delays with the stadium, their game was one of many that was moved to Wembley.
Tottenham’s new stadium boasts of a retractable football pitch, with an artificial surface for the NFL sitting below. Thus, the damage that was done to the Wembley pitch earlier in the season owing to the stadium hosting NFL matches days before Premier League games, can be avoided at Spurs’ new stadium.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has made no secret of his desire to have a permanent NFL team in London based out of Tottenham’s new ground. While that idea is likely to take some time to materialize it seems Levy is trying to make the most of the Oakland Raiders’ troubles, as the Calfornia-based team does not have a home for next season.
While the lease on the Oakland’s home stadium, The Alameda Coliseum has now expired, the franchise’s move to their new stadium in Las Vegas will not be completed before the 2020 season. This means that the team is considering playing all their 8 home games in London next season.
While this deal going through would certainly be good news for Tottenham as this translates into higher matchday revenues, fans will be hoping the club completes their long overdue move into their new stadium as quickly as possible.
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