Tottenham on hosting the Super Bowl: “We don’t want our venue holding back on any decision”

27 March 2019

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Photo: Getty Images "It is an NFL stadium and that’s the key message. From the very start during the design phase, we have had the NFL in mind," says Aidan  Mullally, who is the head of business development at Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs’ new stadium is made to host NFL events, and according to staff member the Super Bowl could be coming to London.

Peter Høyer ph@offthepitch.com

Tottenham Hotspur will meet Crystal Palace in their first official Premier-League match at the new stadium on 3rd April. But the stadium will be the venue of many other events besides football, and with an artificial NFL pitch surface, the London club could be hosting a Super Bowl event in the future – and become the first club to have an NFL franchise outside the U.S.

On hosting the Super Bowl, the club’s head of business development  Aidan Mullally said:

“It is unbelievably complicated – both the Super Bowl and a franchise – but this stadium is designed with one purpose in mind, which is to deliver unbelievably good quality events, so we don’t want our venue holding back on any decision. It is probably the most sought-after event in the world.”

An NFL stadium

An artificial NFL pitch lies underneath the retractable grass surface and can be switched in around 30 minutes.

“It is an NFL stadium and that’s the key message. From the very start during the design phase, we have had the NFL in mind. The anchor tenant is Tottenham Hotspur, but this is designed to be a permanent home for the NFL outside the US. The NFL has been involved in the design process from the get-go,” said Mullally.

An estimated £50 million has been put into the stadium for separate NFL dressing rooms.

London, which has hosted 24 regular season NFL games since 2007, is the biggest market outside of the US for the NFL.

Fulham-owner Shahid Khan, who also owns the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, previously tried to bring the Super Bowl to London with his failed £1bn bid for Wembley Stadium.

Spurs will host two NFL games this autumn and plan to hold two more in each of the next ten years.