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East Stand update

Posted on 1 October 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Haringey Council has approved our plans for the redevelopment of the East Stand at White Hart Lane.

However, as yet no date has been fixed for work to start on the new three-tier structure that, when completed, will increase our capacity to 44,000.

Only a handful of Premiership clubs currently possess grounds that hold less than our present capacity of 36,238.

Today’s East Stand was built in 1934 and refurbished, still using the original structure, in 1989. It’s two remaining supporting columns restrict viewing from certain areas and it lacks the general facilities associated with a more modern structure and enjoyed by our other three stands.

The proposed replacement will cantilever above Worcester Avenue with the road subsequently landscaped to a high quality and closed to vehicular traffic. However, the ceiling would be of sufficient height to allow access by emergency vehicles, sunlight and a safe environment during the day and evening. Lighting and CCTV would be included over the road.

There would be two levels of corporate boxes in between the three tiers of seating beneath an overhanging roof to match the North and South Stands. Toilets, refreshments and all other facilities would be enhanced and completely modernised.

However, before we advance the matter further and commit ourselves to what would be a major investment, we are looking to the local authority to improve the local environment. And we have not ruled out the possibility of a move.

Said a club spokesman: “Until there is a comprehensive plan by the local authority concerning the regeneration of Tottenham as an area — particularly as regards the transport infrastructure to aid travelling fans — the club will not be in a position to make a decision regarding the redevelopment of the East Stand.

“We will continue our dialogue with the council while, at the same time, maintain our exploration of other locations.”