There’s a bit of new Tottenham Hotspur stadium news ahead of today’s match against West Ham. The club announced this morning that it has received permission from Haringey Council to modify its stadium plans to slightly increase the capacity of its new ground.
We are pleased to announce that Haringey Council has approved our application to increase the capacity of the new stadium. #SpursNewStadium pic.twitter.com/x6827hF1zy— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2017
Improved seating layout design has meant that we have been able to increase seating in several areas. Our official capacity rises to 61,559. pic.twitter.com/3c9lIXPmX7— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2017
The biggest gain will be in the single-tier South stand, which will now be able to accommodate 17,500 spectators, an increase of 500. pic.twitter.com/KEkUzJzs34— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2017
The new stadium was always going to be a huge increase from White Hart Lane, but as part of the construction process the club determined that it could squeeze a few more fans into the ground. Since it’s a change to the plans, that required the club to secure approval from Haringey Council, though since the council has already approved the overall project it’s mostly just a rubber stamp. That new south stand, which is a single tier stand reminiscent of Borussia Dortmund’s “yellow wall,” is going to look even more impressive when filled to capacity now.
The new stadium will be the largest capacity of any club football ground in London, larger than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which holds 60,432. However, it’s still not the largest club stadium in England — that distinction is held by Manchester United’s Old Trafford, which holds 76,100 fans.