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POLL: Ipswich Town would welcome a ground-share with Tottenham Hotspur in 2017/18

06:30 12 September 2014

Could Tottenham be playing home games in Ipswich?

Could Tottenham be playing home games in Ipswich?

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Ipswich Town managing director Ian Milne has opened the door to ground-sharing Portman Road with Tottenham Hotspur for the 2017/18 campaign.

TOTTENHAM’S GROUND-SHARE OPTIONS

Wembley – 90,000 capacity, 13 miles away

Twickenham – 82,000, 21 miles

Olympic Stadium – 54,000, 14 miles

Amex Stadium, Brighton – 30,750, 84 miles

Stadium:mk, Milton Keynes – 30,500, 55 miles

Portman Road, Ipswich – 30,311, 75 miles

The North London club yesterday announced they will have to play their home matches away from White Hart Lane for one season while they build a new 56,250-capacity ground, a High Court challenge from one landowner delaying the move.

A statement on Wednesday said the Premier League outfit were in the process of ‘undertaking due diligence on alternative stadium options’.

Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and Twickenham would enable Spurs to stay in London, while Milton Keynes Dons’ Stadium:mk, Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, as well as Portman Road, have all been previously suggested as possibilities.

Blues managing director Ian Milne told the EADT and Ipswich Star: “We have not received any request from them to date but, if we did receive a request to help, we would of course seriously consider any proposal. Where we could we would want to help them.”

Tottenham’s average home attendance in the Premier League last season was 35,808, with Portman Road’s official capacity 30,311. Although the Suffolk club is 75 miles away, Spurs do have a large number of East Anglian-based supporters.

It’s been reported nationally that tentative talks have already been held with Wembley, but that Brent Council will not currently allow more than 37 major events per year to be held at the national stadium. In the past year, 33 events have been held, including England matches, various club competitions and concerts, as well as rugby union and annual NFL fixture.

Tottenham were among the bidders for tenancy of the Olympic Stadium in East London, but West Ham were chosen as the anchor tenant from the 2016/17 season.

Groundsharing with rivals Arsenal will not be possible because of fixture scheduling, while Premier League rules are likely to restrict the possibility of Spurs touring stadiums for a campaign.

The idea of using Upton Park after it is vacated by West Ham and before it is redeveloped has also reportedly been explored.

“Consideration needs to be given to several factors, including planning and policing and, importantly, our fans and the impact it may have on the team itself,” Tottenham’s statement read. “Clearly all possible options have pros and cons and we are aware that we shall not be able to find one which will please all parties.”

• What do you think? Leave your comments below.

7 comments

  • Oh dear here we go again, a copy writer that has never left Norfolk. North London to Brighton 84 miles, Haringey to the Olympic stadium 14 miles.. Behave your self, someone has used the AA route finder. What a load of tosh!. Imbeciles.

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    soulboy

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

  • And I expect Harwich FC would welcome them too but unlikely to happen! What a daft suggestion. Can you imagine Spurs supporters wanting to plod all the way out to Ipswich. Doubt if most of them even know where we are.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • Well it's one way to fill the stadium and watch regular Premiership football.

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    Sherbert

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • If we can promoted this season and then qualify for the Champions League the following it will clash with our fixtures. Yes I do keep flying pigs!!!

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    Keeperrik

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • I would imagine the Spurs fans being over the moon having to use Abello Greater Anglia every other week... Add to the fact that MK has been set up for excellent transport links and as others have said, it's closer, non starter of a story.

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    Tedbundy

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • I'm with you blue& white.. MK is 40 miles from Haringey. Ipswich is 80 do the maths. Usual Evening Star filling copy in the paper, obviously a slow sports news day!. My bet is they will end up at Wembley.. Brent council will give special dispensation for more that the currently allowed 40 matches a year to be played there.

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    soulboy

    Friday, September 12, 2014

  • Oh, do be serious, Evening Star. By direct comparison: Stadium MK has the same capacity as Portman Road - but is closer to London; virtually brand new and modern; built deliberately to World Cup bid standards with padded seats throughout, good leg room, fantastic views and lots of parking spaces. (I've been to a match there and know exactly what I'm talking about.) Why on earth would a major Prem club like Spurs choose tired, old, cramped Portman Road as a venue over, say, that one?! No great wonder Ian Milne has “not received any request from them to date"!

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    blue&white

    Friday, September 12, 2014

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