How Tottenham Hotspur Stadium transforms from Premier League to NFL in just 25 minutes

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How Tottenham Hotspur Stadium transforms from Premier League to NFL in just 25 minutes

The first purpose-built NFL stadium outside of America will be back in action over the next two weekends when Tottenham’s home is transformed in less than half an hour.

The amazing arena engineered by SCX Special Projects has been developed so that one day both a Premier League and NFL match could take place on the same day. For now, when the New York Jets face the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday it will be on an artificial surface housed beneath the pitch used by Spurs.

The real turf football pitch sits 1.6metres above the NFL surface and is in three pitch-long trays, each weighing more than 3,000 tonnes. The pitch breaks up into three parts and retracts under the South Stand to reveal the artificial surface underneath with the sidelines being lowered to the same level.

This means that unlike Wembley where the first rows have to remain empty of fans, there are no obstructed views from players at Tottenham. The pitch takes just 25 minutes to retract helped by 204 electric motors, 32 hydraulic jacks and 1,388 custom steel wheels.

The east and west trays each translate sideways by 1.2 metres to clear the supporting columns under the South Stand.

In 2007, Wembley made history when it became the first stadium outside of North America to host a regular NFL season game.

After appearing at the new Spurs stadium in 2019, Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr said: “Playing at Wembley was really cool with the memories and all the different games that have been played here.

“But being able to play here (at Tottenham) and being able to see what could be done. It’s amazing that they could do all this. First class.”

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