EPL side Tottenham announced that it hopes to "leave White Hart Lane and move into a new 56,250 capacity stadium in 2017," according to Matt Law of the London TELEGRAPH. Chair Daniel Levy "also defended a season of upheaval and promised there will not be another major overhaul to the playing squad this summer." Levy and Spurs are waiting on the results of a public inquiry that was opened last April, which "has delayed the purchase of the remaining property needed for the land to build the new stadium." The Northumberland Park Development, which incorporates the new stadium, will cost Tottenham around £400M ($665M) (TELEGRAPH, 4/2). In London, Josh Burrows reported Spurs "have bought 18 acres of land" around their present home over the past decade and "relocated 72 businesses." However, the club is still waiting for Secretary of State for Planning Nick Boles "to make a decision on the compulsory purchase order of one more property before building can begin." A club statement said, “It is a major development that will present ongoing challenges. And subject to these challenges being manageable we anticipate going out to tender for construction late this year which will make a stadium opening date of summer 2017 feasible” (LONDON TIMES, 4/2).
TIME TO MOVE: REUTERS' Josh Reich reported Tottenham "is desperate to replace their current 36,000 capacity White Hart Lane ground with a modern stadium." Levy: "We have the smallest capacity stadium of any club in the top 20 clubs in Europe, let alone the current top four Premier League clubs, and given we now operate within UEFA Financial Fair Play rules, an increased capacity stadium and associated revenues is fundamental to supporting the future ambitions and consistent achievement at the top of the game" (REUTERS, 4/2). The BBC reported the news comes on the day Tottenham "announced a profit" of £1.5M ($2.5M) in its latest financial results. Levy described the new venue -- which would be built as part of a development that would also include the land its current home stands on -- as a "landmark project" which will be a "key regenerative component of the local economy" (BBC, 4/2).
The battle between A-League side Sydney FC and semi-pro side Sydney Olympic over a site to build a Centre of Excellence training facility has drawn in Sydney private school Newington College, "which is emerging as a crucial backer to both clubs' tenders to build a permanent home in Tempe Reserve," according to Dominic Bossi of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The school is in the middle of a tug-of-war between the two football clubs, "who are seeking Newington's financial backing and community influence to bolster their applications to build a state-of-the-art training and playing facility." Sydney FC's Centre of Excellence "will be the single largest off-field investment in the club's history," and Chair Scott Barlow said establishing its headquarters in the inner west would also allow it to strengthen its community engagement in a "key strategic area." It is understood that "members of Sydney FC's senior coaching staff met with officials from the school this week" to outline its plan for the training center and training program with the school's sport department. But it is competing with Sydney Olympic, which first approached Newington "over a joint application based on strong cultural and community ties between the two." The school "has an existing relationship with Olympic regarding ground use of Tasker Park in Canterbury and past and present players have attended the school" (SMH, 4/2).
The new National Stadium at the Sports Hub "could give Singapore and the Asia Pacific Dragons the edge over Hong Kong in the bid to join the 2016 Super Rugby competition." Jon Phelps, managing director of Carinat Sports Marketing, which owns the Dragons, said that "Singapore was better equipped than Hong Kong," which has also expressed its interest in joining "the most prestigious 15-a-side club tournament in the southern hemisphere" (THE NEW PAPER, 4/2). ... Brazilian organizers "are adding safety features where a worker died in the stadium hosting the World Cup opener, hoping to quickly reverse an order that halted construction in part of the venue." The addition of new safety rails on Tuesday comes a day after labor officials said that work at the stadium "could not continue until safety concerns were addressed." Labor ministry officials said that "the work stoppage is expected to continue until next week" (AP, 4/2).