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