BBC Sport’s Mark Chapman and former NFL player Osi Umenyiora has hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium as “incredible”.
Speaking as a guest on The NFL Show for BBC Sport, the ex-New York Giants defensive end confirmed that he had been given a tour of the work-in-progress ground.
It had been hoped that Spurs could have return to Tottenham in 2018 to host Champions League and Premier League games at their 62,000-seater arena.
However, delays in construction have pushed their schedule back with Mauricio Pochettino’s side forced to continue to play home matches at Wembley Stadium.
That caused an issue for Spurs back in October as their league clash with Manchester City had to be moved to the day after an NFL game between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars on the same pitch.
It was a contest that left the surface in a poor state for a football match but the new Tottenham stadium will feature a novel solution to this problem with a sliding pitch that will ensure the two sports can be played at the same ground without affecting the quality of the turf.
“The 2019 London games were announced this week,” said Chapman on The NFL Show. The broadcast is also a presenter of Match of the Day 2 and the BBC’s coverage of Rugby League.
“We’ve got four coming our way including Carolina against Tampa Bay, we’ve got Chicago against Oakland, Cincinnati against the Rams and Huston vs Jacksonville, dates and further information to come soon.
“Two games will take place at Tottenham’s new stadium, fingers crossed obviously, and the other two will take place at Wembley.”
London-born Umenyiora grew up in Golders Green and spoke about his impressions of the new Tottenham stadium, built on the same site as White Hart Lane.
“It’s an incredible stadium, by the way,” he said. “I have seen it. It’s incredible. Incredible.”
Despite joking about the setbacks that the project has suffered in recent months, Chapman agreed with the retired NFL star.
“It is amazing,” he said. “It just needs to open. But it is an amazing stadium.”
The new Tottenham stadium will also feature an on-site brewery, a cheese room and a number of bars and restaurants that the club hope will help to give them a financial boost when it comes to match day revenue to help close the gap on their rivals.
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