Is it alright for me to blog about football if I pretend that I'm blogging about architecture?
Actually, I think I am blogging about architecture. The football back pages are buzzing at the moment with the news that my club, Tottenham Hotspur, have announced plans for a new stadium, which is being built on the existing site at White Hart Lane. What makes that interesting to non-Spurs fans, I think, is that the plans for how they'll do it are really rather interesting. The intention is to start building the new ground directly behind the current stadium, and progress as far as they can with it before demolishing the current ground and moving the pitch up into the new building. At no point during the process will the capacity drop below it's current maximum (36,000) but at the end the club will have a shiny new ground with room for 60,000 people. The pictures below - which are the real reason for the post - demonstrate the process. Kind of fascinating, and oddly pretty too.
Here's an explanation of the process:
PHASE ONE: New stadium build commences to the north of the existing ground. The stadium remains in use at full capacity.Just hope the new stadium doesn't turn into an anonymous, atmosphere-free dome like the Emirates. Unfortunately, looking at the drawings, it looks very similar.
PHASE TWO: Out of season, the North Stand of the existing stadium is demolished and the new pitch is laid.
PHASE THREE: The partially-completed new stadium is in use for one season. The remainder of the existing stadium is demolished.
PHASE FOUR: Out of season, the remainder of the new stadium is completed, ready for the start of the following season.