Tuesday 20 March 2018

Trading places red and white

The differing fortunes of Spurs and Liverpool's league form mirrors the clubs' respective stadium situations.

  • Spurs' attempts to break into English football's elite have been evident in their determination to secure a new stadium.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson this week granted the club permission to begin work on a 56,000-capacity ground, as part of a £450m development project, to be located at White Hart Lane.

The club also retain an interest in moving to the Olympic Stadium, with the cost of switching to East London considerably less than redeveloping White Hart Lane, even if they -- as has been reported -- knock down the Olympic Stadium and rebuild it.

  • Liverpool, in contrast, have experienced long-term problems in their plans to relocate.

In 2002, the club announced plans to build a 55,000-seat stadium in Stanley Park, before subsequent ownership changes and the rejection of a ground-share with Everton delayed developments.

Construction was set to begin in 2007, before a redesign -- ordered by then owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks -- and the economic downturn delayed the project further.

Following John W Henry's takeover of the club, a renovation of Anfield has reappeared as an option, although the local council remain keen on Stanley Park.

Irish Independent

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