North London make ambitious plans for a bright future.
Tottenham Hotspur have submitted a planning application for their new 56,000-seat stadium and hope to be playing at the venue by 2012.
The ground will feature a single-tier stand, like the Kop at Anfield, and allow fans to be nearer the action than at other modern stadiums like Wembley.
It will be built adjacent to White Hart Lane, where the team will continue to play during construction.
The site also includes 434 new homes, a 150-room hotel and a supermarket.
Tottenham are refusing to declare the cost of the stadium project, with reports suggesting a figure similar to the £400 million Arsenal spent to build the Emirates.
“We have designed what will be a vibrant area 365 days a year and not a stadium with dead space surrounding it,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
“Our desire from the outset has been to create a scheme of major benefit for local people and to deliver the most fan-friendly stadium in Europe.
“The inclusion of a new single-tier stand combined with a fantastic stadium design demonstrates our absolute commitment to create the most atmospheric stadium for our supporters.
“Every fan will have an exceptional view of the action and will find themselves closer to the pitch than at any other comparable stadium.”
Spurs submitted their planning application to Haringey council on Monday and hope to be in a position to start building in the new year.
The decision to continue using White Hart Lane while the new ground is being built allays supporters concerns over the possibility of a temporary ground share with another London club such as West Ham.
Spurs intend to move into the partially-built new stadium for the start of the 2012-13 season, with the final 56,250-seat venue ready for the following campaign, a club spokesman told BBC Sport.
The capacity of the ground during the transition season w
ill exceed the current 36,000 limit at White Hart Lane, he added. (BBC Sport)
These are indeed ambitious plans, not just in terms of scale but also in terms of timing. With the club going from strength to strength on the field of play there is not a better time to be looking to a bright future with a space age stadium that will of course bring in yet more revenue to the club who could easily greatly increase their average attendance.
The news that the club will not have to spend a transitory spell at another club’s ground will be met with a huge sigh of relief from Tottenham fans who would have been very much against having to ground share at the likes of Arsenal or West Ham in any interim period.
Now the club just has to hope it gets the green light from Haringey council.