Spurs want 61,000 seater ground to dwarf their rivals Emirates Stadium.
It may seem like a petty fight between two derby rivals but Tottenham Hotspur have drawn up secret plans to build the largest club stadium in London, bigger than the Emirates, home to fierce rivals Arsenal.
The Times reports that Spurs have recently obtained a crucial piece of land that has been the subject of intense legal challenges and have begun discussions to apply for planning permission for a 61,000 seat stadium.
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The move will no doubt be seen as Spurs and Daniel Levy attempting to claim bragging rights over their London rivals, particularly Arsenal, and would see the club also use the new arena for both pop concerts and American football matches.
Tottenham were given permission three years ago to build a 56,000 seater stadium which saw them involved in a key dispute with North London company Archway Sheet Metal Works who refused compulsory purchase orders to give Spurs land needed for the expansion.
These new plans increase the proposed capacity by 5,000 and would produce significantly more income, but would require further demolition of historical sites in the area.
Spurs, though, have been forced to admit they’ve developed these plans during secret discussions with local governmental and transport bodies and this fact could be used against them if local business, particularly Archway Sheet Metal works, elect to obstruct the process.