Qatar could soon sponsor Tottenham’s new stadium
The Qatari group that has sponsored FC Barcelona since 2013 is in talks with Tottenham over a stadium deal.
Meryl D'Souza October 4, 2016
If you managed to catch a few Premier League games over the long weekend, you may have noticed Tottenham serving Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City their first Premier League loss.
It was a comprehensive victory. Pep’s army was no match for the North London club. It would seem like Tottenham has kick started its season and is looking to go one better than their runner-up finish last season.
The Spurs team has looked in better shape this year, though. The league is seven games old now, and Tottenham has stayed unbeaten while conceding just three goals – none of which have come from open play.
Off the field, Spurs look to be taking things up a notch too. If you want your club to be rubbing shoulders with the best in the league, you need to start looking the part. Chairman Daniel Levy gets it.
According to a report in The Times, Spurs are in the midst of building a new stadium with the 2018-19 season being their expected opening date. The club is spending around £400million on its spanking new 61,000-seat home and is in talks with Qatar Investment Authority over a naming-rights deal for the redeveloped White Hart Lane.
Qatar's association with Barcelona is likely to end next summer, which has only intensified negotiations with the Premier League side. However, Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund is only one of 300 companies that Tottenham have approached about sponsoring their new ground.
Should the deal with QIA go through, we can add Tottenham to the growing list of European football clubs making it big thanks to millions provided by the Middle East. Just so you know, that’s a list that includes Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester City and Arsenal. And those are just the big names.
Welcome to the big league of sponsored stadia, Tottenham.