Replacing a stadium that’s been around since 1898 was always going to be a difficult task for Tottenham’s ownership group, but ENIC International and chairman Daniel Levy appear to have gotten what is, for now, known as the Northumberland Development Project just right.
White Hart Lane, home to Tottenham Hotspur since 1899, was limited to a capacity of just over 36,000, and Spurs began exploring options for a new ground as far back as 2006.
There was a time when simply building a soccer specific stadium was setting the bar. Then came the era of enclosed-seaters around 20,000 following the same mold, like Sporting KC, Houston and Dallas. In today’s MLS world, a statement is needed in order to make an impact. Welcome to the "Purple Wall," MLS’s great new attraction.
Soccer stadiums have become the cathedrals of the 21st century. They are sacred places where the initiate go to bear witness to that one thing we all understand: a soccer match.
However, watching a game at one of these particular venues would be unlike the vast majority of your stadium experiences. Some are planted in extreme conditions, and others have peculiarities that are more commonly associated with ground rules in baseball.
These are the 10 strangest fields in the world of soccer.
St. Louis and Sacramento are both making moves to secure an MLS expansion team, but the future for each city is still unclear.
Back in April 2016, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber had said that he wanted to decide on Sacramento’s bid for an expansion team before Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson left office. That is only a few weeks away, and nothing has happened.