Tottenham Hotspur football club could ground share with NFL team the Oakland Raiders in 2019, according to reports.
The Daily Mail reported on Sunday that the Raiders are in discussions with Spurs to share the north London team’s new stadium once it is completed in 2019.
The Raiders are set to move to a new stadium in Las Vegas in 2020 but are without a ground next year after a dispute with Oakland over the move. Tottenham’s revamped White Hart Lane stadium in north London is now being considered as an option for next season.
The new White Hart Lane, which was meant to be finished in 2018 but has been hit by delays, will have a purpose-built NFL pitch beneath a retractable soccer pitch. Spurs designed the stadium in this way to try and take advantage of the growing popularity of American football in the UK.
The NFL has been playing regular season football games in the UK since 2007 and 2018 saw record levels of attendance for the three games played at Wembley, with crowds of over 85,000. The Raiders took part in one of this year’s games, losing to the Seattle Seahawks 27-3.
Talks between the Raiders and Spurs are believed to be ongoing but one sticking point could be the logistics of the move. Each NFL team plays eight home games in a season and the Daily Mail reported that the Raiders are considering possibly playing two blocks of four home games in a row to minimise travel time. Any such move would have to be signed off by the league itself.
As well as the new White Hart Lane, Raiders are said to be considering ground shares with San Francisco’s baseball team or the San Francisco 49ers, another NFL team. San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, which was formerly home to the LA Chargers NFL team, is also being considered.