At the end of a ridiculously protracted process, Tottenham fans will be buoyed to hear that planning permission has been granted for their new stadium.
The Guardian confirms:
At a meeting that began at 7pm on Wednesday and ran through to 12.29am on Thursday morning, Tottenham were given the green light to press ahead.
There had been much debate and red tape over the proposed move as the logistics were sorted out and certain local shop owners bludgeoned with money.
But now they have the go ahead it signals a new dawn for the club.
Tottenham plan to start the 2018/19 season in their new home which is being built right next to the current stadium, White Hart Lane, and will house 61,000 fans – which is rather conveniently one thousand more than Arsenal’s Emirates stadium can hold.
But, like Arsenal, Tottenham fans may find that the club needs to tighten its belt for a few years, in terms of player acquisitions, while the hugely expensive new stadium is built – it will cost around £400m.
But, when completed, Tottenham will be competing on an altogether different level – as their fierce rivals have discovered with their new stadium off Holloway Road.
Arsenal have bought two A-list stars – Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil – over the last few years as revenues rise and the club has become a far more attractive prospect to football stars from around the world.
Tottenham may suffer in the short term. But if they want to compete with the best, this move is vital.