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New stadium selected as proposed World Cup venue

Posted on 16 December 2009  - 12:00

Our proposed new stadium is one of four selected in London by the England 2018 Bid team for inclusion in the England submission to FIFA for the 2018/2022 World Cup.

FOUR LONDON STADIA SELECTED FOR ENGLAND 2018/2022 WORLD CUP BID

Our proposed new stadium is one of four selected in London by the England 2018 Bid team for inclusion in the England submission to FIFA for the 2018/2022 World Cup.

London is one of 12 cities that will host matches if the tournament is awarded to England for the first time in 50 years by FIFA.

London’s host city bid was submitted with four proposed stadia including Wembley Stadium, London’s Olympic Stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates and our proposed new stadium.

Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club said:

“This is great news for us and Haringey that we are a proposed World Cup venue. The new stadium scheme is designed to deliver substantial benefits to our supporters and the local community. Now it also includes the opportunity to host one of the greatest sporting spectacles in the world and to place Tottenham on the international stage.”

Council Leader Claire Kober, who backed Spurs bid to be a host stadium, said:

“This is great news for Spurs and Haringey. The World Cup is arguably the greatest sporting event there is and bringing games to Tottenham would make for an unforgettable occasion and bring with it huge economic benefits for local people and businesses.”

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham said:

"This is absolutely brilliant news, not just for Spurs, but for the whole of Tottenham. I wasn't old enough to experience '66, but I know it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our community to share in the magic of the World Cup.

"It will bring extra investment to the local economy and has the exhilarating prospect of seeing the likes of Kaka and Messi walking down the High Road.

"And who knows, our stunning new stadium could be the scene of Jermain Defoe bagging five goals for England, and not just for Spurs."

If England wins the honour of hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022, Wembley will automatically stage the opening game and final. Wembley will be joined by Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. The England 2018 bid team has also put forward two other London stadiums as an ‘either/or’ option - the Olympic Stadium and our proposed new stadium.

London’s host city bid was centred on the theme of “Park Life” which was chosen in order to emphasise the passion that Londoners have for football and how over 3,704 London parks and open spaces in the capital become impromptu football pitches every day. The ‘Park Life’ theme seems to have resonated well with the England 2018 bid team. Another strong point for London is its cultural diversity - London offers the ultimate welcome - as the city has a community from every one of FIFA’s 208 World Cup nations.

A final decision on the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be made by FIFA in December, 2010.