Tottenham's new stadium set to be bigger than Arsenal and Chelsea's grounds

An updated Northumberland Development project meant there was plenty of good news for Spurs fans on Wednesday.

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy today revealed more than one piece of exciting news regarding the club to the official website on Wednesday.

Much of the focus was on Spurs signing Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, after what looked like a complicated situation between the Spanish outfit and the club he was at loan at last season, Southampton.

But Levy also announced a significant update to Tottenham's redevelopment of White Hart Lane, set to be completed by 2018, and it should be enough to evoke at least a smidgen of envy from the club's London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Because Spurs have increased the capacity of the new stadium to 61,000. An interesting figure purely because it will be more than both what the Emirates currently can hold (60,432) and the Blues' planned redevelopment of Stamford Bridge as announced last week (60,000).

It is unlikely Gunners or Chelsea fans would say they were bothered by such a marginal minority to Spurs when it comes to capacity, but given the many ways fans take potshots at each other, the two sides wouldn't want to be seen as 'smaller' to the Lilywhites in any shape or form.

The two clubs may well underline how much it might bother them by making their own tiny adjustments to ensure they don't have the smallest stadium of London's three biggest clubs.

The new Spurs stadium will in fact be the second biggest club ground in the stadium after Old Trafford, and will include a variety of other features that make it particularly special. 

To allow for American football matches to be played at the ground, an artificial pitch will be placed underneath a grass pitch which can then be retracted for any NFL match, with the club signing an agreement with the organisation to host at least two matches a year.

And the stadium will also have the largest single tier stand in the country, a whopping 17,000 capacity side of the stadium.

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