Stadia & Facilities - Tottenham Gains Approval; West Ham Impact Study

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An architectural rendering of the new Tottenham stadium (Getty Images)
(WFI) Government officials have signed off on an order that will allow Tottenham Hotspur to proceed with construction of its new stadium.

More than 95% of the site had already been approved. The order now allows the final two of three building phases to go ahead.

The hope is to open the new venue next door to White Hart Lane in 2017.

The club called the order “a very significant step” in a statement on its website.

“This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support," government official Eric Pickles told the BBC.

The club previously lost out to West Ham United on a bid to move to the London Olympic Stadium.

London Assembly Assesses West Ham Benefits

The London Assembly is launching a committee to study the benefits of allowing West Ham United to move into the former 2012 Olympic Stadium.

The club plans to move into the home of the Summer Games in 2016, but the assembly first wants to ensure the move will bring “a genuine regeneration legacy for local communities". Economic and social impacts in particular will be examined.

The regeneration committee will visit other clubs involved in large development projects like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, as well as Wembley Stadium.

“We want to ensure that all Londoners - and especially communities living nearby - benefit from the stadium for years to come,” said Gareth Bacon, chairman of the committee.

As part of the move, West Ham United has already promised to give 100,000 free tickets per season to underprivileged children.

Johannesburg Police Hand Over Stadium Traffic Control

FNB Stadium (Getty Images)
City police will no longer control traffic flow at the home of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final in Johannesburg.

“We’re still going to utilize the JMPD as an oversight traffic consultant,” State Management South Africa (SMSA) executive Jacques Grobbelaar said during a press conference Tuesday at FNB Stadium.

He added: “What we cannot walk away from is the fact that, in the past, it didn’t work. What we paid for in the past and what we expected, is not what we received.”

SMSA is employing Gauteng Traffic now to smooth out any parking oversights and logistical challenges inside the Soccer City complex.

In the past, major football event attendees have complained to the SMSA about the time it takes to enter the Soccer City stadium when traveling in private vehicles.

Stadium Named for Costa Rican Goalie

One member of the Costa Rican national team is reaping a unique benefit of the team’s run to the World Cup quarterfinals.

The city of Perez Zeledon has voted to rename its stadium after Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Professional club Municipal Perez Zeledon plays at the facility, which was previously called Municipal Stadium.

The council called Navas “an example … for our youth” and said he “represents the people.”

Navas was born near the stadium, which has a capacity of 10,000.

By INSIDER’s Nick Devlin and Nicole Bennett

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