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Watch as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is transformed into “NFL Mode”

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Spurs’ shiny new stadium, American Football’d

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is about to host its first ever NFL match this Sunday as the Oakland Raiders “host” the Chicago Bears. It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase this incredible 62,000 seat state of the art multi-use stadium to an entirely new audience of American sports fans, and the words “Tottenham Hotspur” are going to be mentioned on an NFL football television broadcast an awful lot, with good reason.

Probably the coolest feature of the stadium is the retractable grass soccer pitch, which can be stored under the stands to reveal a field turf surface made for NFL games underneath. While we’ve seen demos of the retractable pitch in action while the stadium was being constructed, we haven’t really seen it go from Premier League to National Football League... until now.

The time-lapse video in the feature block was released by the club today on their social media platforms and it gives a pretty good idea of how it all works. It’s still a pretty big deal, to be honest. There’s a crane there. The details like yard numbers need to be spray-painted on. A whole lot of people are involved. And it’s pretty cool to see it happen.

The Radiers and the Bears game starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon (TV: FOX), 6:00 p.m. in London (TV: Sky Sports Action/Main Event). Expect to hear glowing things said on American television about our lovely new home.