New Tottenham stadium in London built to be “like an NFL stadium”

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So far, every NFL game in London has been played in a stadium that was built for soccer or rugby, with American football fitting in as a square peg in a round hole. This year, that will change.

That’s because the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, though primarily a soccer field, was built with American football in mind and financed in part by the NFL. Among the features is a grass soccer field that retracts and makes way for an artificial turf football field, as well as bigger locker rooms to accommodate NFL teams.

“It really does feel like an NFL stadium today,” former Tottenham player Ledley King told ESPN after visiting the stadium on a day when the football field — with its NFL shield on the 50-yard line — was in place.

Also visiting the stadium was Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate, who was also pleased to see a real football field.

“I wasn’t really expecting this,” Brate said. “I was expecting to walk into a soccer stadium, so to see this set up is awesome and shows the commitment to growing the game here.”

This season two NFL games will be played at Tottenham, Bears-Raiders on October 6 and Panthers-Buccaneers on October 13.

8 responses to “New Tottenham stadium in London built to be “like an NFL stadium”

  1. The good folks of the UK don’t want American football players living there. Dudes can barely keep out of trouble stateside. Do some nonsense in Europe and you might vanish in the Old World lol

  2. This was never a problem at the new Wembley opened in 2007 with NFL visitors in mind as they’ve two paired adjoining locker rooms for EACH team – designed so that if an NFL team came there’d be enough room across each suite. And as for turf I’d rather go on natural grass.

  3. NFL stadium designers should be taking some design cues from Soccer, every stadium in Europe appears to have an awning or cover of some kind over the fans.

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