There was no official ceremony, because groundbreaking didn’t take place at White Hart Lane. Yet around the stadium it’s a different story…
Fenced-off for many months now, areas in direct vicinity of White Hart Lane are now almost completely cleared for main construction works. Excavations and piling are being done particularly west and north of the existing stadium, where the new 56,000-seater will have its north and west stands.
In June Tottenham received approval for their scheme to add a basement to the planned stadium. This change comes late into the planning phase, because potential business model for the stadium has changed.
It may now include London’s first NFL franchise which would be housed here. American football requires some additional infrastructure, which in turn means more floor space is needed. The basement would largely be used for underground car park.
In case you haven’t followed the case from its early days in 2008, Tottenham initially planned to build the stadium in two phases to not be forced to leave White Hart Lane, which partly lies in the way. However, as delays began to mount, the club announced they will relocate temporarily and built its successor in one operation.