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Saturday, 15 September, 2001, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Spurs consider moving ground
White Hart Lane
White Hart Lane has a capacity of 36,000
Tottenham are considering quitting White Hart Lane and moving to a new stadium at nearby Picketts Lock.

A working party of directors, fans' representatives and property experts is to investigate the pros and cons of such a move.

White Hart Lane has been home to the north London side for nearly a century but has a capacity of just 36,000 with limited expansion opportunities.

Transport links in the area are also poor.

Club owner Enic has European ambitions for the club and believes it needs to make improvements to the ground.

It is our preferred option to remain at White Hart Lane
David Buchler
Spurs executive vice-chairman

Enfield Council approved plans to build a new 43,000 capacity stadium and track and field centre at Picketts Lock on Friday.

The site at Edmonton has been earmarked for the 2005 World Athletics championships but would also be convenient for Tottenham.

"It is our preferred option to remain at White Hart Lane," said David Buchler, Tottenham's executive vice-chairman.

"However, in order to do so the ground over the next five or 10 years has to have a larger capacity with transport facilities and other facilities to match.

"A number of other clubs, including our closest neighbours Arsenal, are building all-purpose brand new stadiums with all the facilities to match and we must not be left behind.

Buchler added: "There is a huge amount of co-operation therefore that is required from lots of different sources to ensure that White Hart Lane over the next five or 10 years can be turned into the sort of ground that we can all be proud of.

"The partnership required with the local authority and others, particularly on transport, will be a key to ensuring the success of this."

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