Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will provide major economic boost for Haringey
Tottenham Hotspur made an emotional return to Haringey on Wednesday night as the new 62,062 capacity stadium opened its doors for its first Premier League game.
The club have been playing at Wembley Stadium since May 2017 while the new multi-purpose venue has been built, but they finally returned to their spiritual home in Haringey when they faced Crystal Palace.
The council has been working with the club ahead of the big opening and – following two test events – gave final approval for the stadium to officially open its doors.
Haringey’s building control team presented the stadium’s safety certificate to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy on the pitch before the game.
Council Leader Cllr Joseph Ejiofor attended the match and said:
“We are thrilled to welcome Tottenham Hotspur back to their home in Haringey and to see them performing at one of Europe’s biggest and best stadiums.
“The victory on Wednesday night was an outstanding way to mark the opening of the new stadium.
“Spurs keep our borough on the world stage, and we can’t wait to welcome visitors from across the globe for matches, NFL games, concerts and other world class events.
“The stadium will provide hundreds of jobs for residents and provide a major economic boost to local businesses. Our number one priority is that this stadium works for our residents and we will continue to work with the club to ensure people in Haringey feel the benefits of this fantastic destination.”
The new stadium – and development around it – will bring in jobs, housing, and a major economic boost to the area. Through the Northumberland Development Project, the club has built 256 affordable homes elsewhere in North Tottenham and a 400-pupil primary school.
This is part of Haringey Council’s wider vision for North Tottenham aimed at improving the area for people living there.
The council’s 2,500-home High Road West scheme will deliver high-quality council homes at council rent which will be managed by Homes for Haringey, plus affordable homes for local people.
It will also deliver jobs, a new library and learning centres, a civic square for activities and cultural events, green spaces including gardens, a play area and an outdoor gym, plus shops and restaurants.
There will be more than £10million in social and economic support for businesses and residents.
With the new stadium’s increased capacity, there will also be some changes around the stadium when it comes to travel and road traffic management, controlled parking zones and the closure of roads in the build-up to the game.
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Cllr Charles Adje, Cabinet Member for Strategic Regeneration, said:
“The new stadium – and development around it – will provide jobs, housing, and a major economic boost to the area. Alongside this, the council has committed to delivering thousands of new homes in North Tottenham to meet urgent need, including a large contribution to our pledge of delivering 1,000 new council homes by 2022. Our number one priority is that any change in Tottenham works for our existing residents and businesses – they are at the forefront of all of our plans and always will be.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said:
“Last month we achieved a safety certificate for Test Events. I should like to thank the Planning and Building Control departments of Haringey Council for the many hours and hard work to get us to this stage.
“We did not just want to build a stadium. We wanted to change the prospects for those that live in this part of London, and for our stadium to be the flagship development that kickstarted its regeneration.
“We see it as bringing hope, prosperity and uplift to Tottenham, embracing the local community, building on the character and talents of the area. Our vision is that our neighbourhood is a prosperous mixed community. If you live here you should be able to study, work and play here.”