Building work to begin on 56,000 seater stadium next year.
The first part of Tottenham Hotspur's redevelopment of White Hart Lane has been completed this week after Sainsbury's opened their new supermarket in North London, the brand's largest in the capital.
Having dabbled with the idea of moving to the Olympic Stadium, many fans were glad that the club instead decided to redevelop their home of over one hundred years off Tottenham High Road.
Located on the doorstep of the existing stadium, the supermarket opening, attended by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, club ambassador Ledley King and Tottenham MP David Lammy, also indicated the real beginning of the regeneration of the area around the ground. Attention to such matters had been of particular importance to the project, given that all parties involved felt such local redevelopment was integral to its success.
Club legend King emphasised the importance of the club giving back to North Tottenham.
"Having played for Tottenham I know how they're all about community and giving back," said the former captain.
"This is the first phase of the stadium project and it's creating over 200 jobs for locals in the area."
The next step will be turning the land between the mammoth Sainsbury's store and existing stadium into a brand new state-of-the-art ground with projected costs of £400 million. The notion of community within the plans doesn't stop at the supermarket either, with the new 56,000 capacity stadium coming alongside 300 new flats for local residents.
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