SPURS REGISTER INTEREST IN OLYMPIC STADIUM

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has registered an interest in taking the brand new Olympic Stadium after London 2012.

The news comes as a surprise after the club announced the plans for their new stadium were approved by the Planning Committee of Haringey Council.

Daniel Levy, Spurs’ chairman, said in a club statement: “Clearly we are delighted with this unanimous decision and are grateful to all those who expressed such clear support for the plans.

"I should stress that there is still much work to be done. We shall continue to work with Haringey Council and the application will now be considered by the Mayor of London and referred to the Secretary of State."

The Northumberland Development Project will be built alongside the Spurs’ current stadium, White Hart Lane, and is expected to cost £400 million to complete.

Spurs’ new home is planned to have a capacity of 56,250 and also includes 200 homes, a 150-room hotel, a supermarket and a public square for community events such as ice skating or street markets.

Levy explained the club’s surprising decision to register interest in the Olympic Stadium: "It is only prudent and good management that we ensure that we investigate all possible options.

"We were informed by the Olympic Park Legacy Company that if we did not register an interest at this time, there would not be an opportunity at any future date.

"We have always maintained that we wouldn't undertake any project that could undermine the overall financial stability and future success of the club and this shall remain our guiding principle going forward and in determining our best option in the interests of the club and all its fans and stakeholders."

Spurs hope to move into the new stadium, whilst it’s partially-built, for the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

Posted on 02/10/2010