The Independent London Newspaper
23rd April 2019

OFF THE SHELF: Plans for ‘Kop’ unveiled

    Published: 3 November, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    TOTTENHAM could become the first Premier League club to offer a new safe-standing area for their fans, after the side’s head groundsman, Darren Baldwin, revealed that the stunning “Kop” end for home fans in the new White Hart Lane stadium has been designed so seats can be locked in an upright position to create new terraces. 

    Mr Baldwin was discussing the Lane refit, rumoured to be costing up to £600million, at an architecture conference in Birmingham this week. 

    He said the 61,000 capacity ground, which will make it the largest Premier League stadium in London, included plans for the 17,000 single-tier end, behind the southern goal, for safe standing, at the request of chairman Daniel Levy. 

    Mr Baldwin said the club had been inspired by playing at German club Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion last season and hopes for a change in the law would mean Spurs could let fans choose to buy tickets in an standing area. 

    Standing terraces were banned at English clubs in the wake of the Taylor Report into the Hillsborough disaster. But an inquest into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans has since ruled that catastrophic errors by South Yorkshire police were at the centre of the tragedy, not fans standing. 

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