It’s no surprise that Tottenham’s new home will host NFL games in London once the new 61,000 seat stadium opens at the start of the 2018-19 English Premier League season. Both the NFL and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy have stated that the stadium will host a minimum of two games for a ten-year period once the stadium opens.
However, news today from ESPNFC, states that the NFL has “significant input” into the new Tottenham stadium, with the American sports league being involved in “every aspect” of the new stadium. It will feature a retractable grass pitch for Tottenham (like the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL) and an artificial turf field for the NFL games, along with separate locker facilities.
While the short-term plan is to host one-off games, there are larger discussions about the stadium and London being the permanent home to an NFL team. That opens a whole new realm of revenue stream for Tottenham and soccer clubs in general. I’m interested in seeing more details as they emerge over the coming years.