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Billy Wood

Tottenham Hotspur stadium update: Club granted permission to increase capacity at new ground

Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur have been granted permission by Haringey Council to increase capacity at their new stadium.

The club lodged an application with the council to increase capacity at their new £750m stadium to 61,559 back in March, citing improvements to the stadium’s design and layout which would allow Spurs to boost capacity further at the ground.

According to the original application signed by Head of Planning, Richard Serra said: “As a result of improvements in the seating layout within the stadium bowl, the proposed maximum operational stadium capacity is proposed to be increased from the figure of 61,461 applied for to 61,559 – an increase of 98 or 0.16%.

“The available capacity for any given event will be a licensing issue depending upon the nature of the event taking place.”

The confirmation now means the new ground, which is set to open for the 2018/19 season, edges further ahead of capacity at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which currently houses 60,432, to make it the biggest club stadium in London.

According to Tottenham, the single-tier South Side stands to be the biggest gainer from the application where a further 500 seats will be added to bring total seating on the kop-style stand to 17,500.

Plans are now in place for a single season stint at Wembley for 2017/18 ahead of the 2018 completion date for the new ground, after the club finally confirmed that this season would be their last at their historic White Hart Lane home.

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