Saracens to use new Tottenham Hotspur stadium for showpiece fixture
PUBLISHED: 11:34 02 April 2019
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Saracens Rugby Club have announced a five-year partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club to play at the club's brand-new stadium.
The deal with see the annual showpiece fixture, which this year saw 42,717 watch the Men in Black defeat Harlequins 27-20 at the London Stadium, switch to north London.
And Saracens chairman, Nigel Wray, believes the move can only be a positive one.
He said: “As someone brought up at White Hart Lane, for me and Saracens it’s a really special opportunity for us to partner with our fellow north Londoners, with whom we share so many of our core values.
“Tottenham Hotspur have shown themselves to be true innovators in the development of their new stadium and I know you will all share in my excitement at the news that we will make their ground the home of our showpiece fixture.
“Together with Spurs we have the opportunity to create something very special in north London. I really do look forward to seeing our partnership come to life.”
The ground will host it’s first Premier League tomorrow night (Wednesday) when Crystal Palace are the visitors, and a deal is already in place for two NFL matches later this year.
Daniel Levy, Tottenham’s chairman, said: “This agreement with Saracens further reinforces our aspiration to deliver a world-class multi-use venue in our home of Tottenham.
“To attract one of world rugby’s biggest club sides will bring a new audience to the area, as well as help drive significant socio-economic benefits for businesses and local people, as we continue to underline our commitment to the regeneration of north Tottenham.
“We look forward to welcoming Saracens and their fans to Tottenham and delivering world class rugby matchday experiences, showcasing our new stadium and all the surrounding area has to offer.”