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New Spurs’ stadium makes progress as costs rise

Tottenham Hotspur has unveiled the latest aerial photographs of its new stadium as it continues to take shape, while costs for the build are rising.

Brexit has been blamed for the pricetag on the stadium jumping to £800 million.

Tottenham Hotspur director Donna Cullen wrote in an email to a fan, which was been published online

Brexit has added a straight 20 per cent on costs for foreign goods due to the exchange rate, overtime working and increased construction costs similarly.

It is worth remembering that the original cost quoted for the stadium (£400m) was some seven years ago.

This new “estimated” figure (£800m) relates predominantly to the stadium with some elements of substructure for the other builds, particularly the Tottenham Experience.

She said revised basement works also added to the cost. She added:

We are constantly managing costs and will continue to do so throughout the process along with funding plans to ensure the viability of the scheme.

Set to open in 2018, London’s largest capacity football club ground will feature a retractable grass field for Tottenham Hotspur home fixtures with an artificial surface underneath that will be multi-use and capable of hosting NFL matches, concerts and other high-profile events.

With a capacity of more than 61,000, the Club has placed the fan experience and stadium atmosphere at the heart of its designs in collaboration with stadium architects, Populous.

A 17,000 single tier stand, the largest in the UK, will generate ‘a wall of sound’ coupled with a tight atmospheric bowl ensuring spectators are closer to the pitch than at any other comparable ground in the UK with uninterrupted views for all at every event.

The Club is also working with one of the world’s top acousticians, who also manages the acoustics of U2’s concerts, to optimise the sound within the stadium bowl and ensure the Club maintains its tradition of having one of the most atmospheric homes in British sport.

Premium guests will enjoy state-of-the-art stadium seating with heated seats and USB ports for ultimate comfort and connectivity.

In addition, the new development will be home to what is believed to be the longest general admission bar in a UK stadium (86.8 metres).

Images courtesy of Tottenham Hotspur FC

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For an in depth look at the new stadium see the spring edition of Panstadia & Arena Management magazine out soon.