Spurs may have to cut seats

Tottenham Hotspur may have to remove as many as 8,000 seats, the majority from the Paxton Road stand, to facilitate building work on the new stadium to ensure that it is ready for the 2018-19 campaign. That would mean they would face the prospect of playing Champions League matches in front of crowds of fewer than 30,000.

The 22,000 season ticket holders would not be affected, but wth 3,000 tickets needed for away fans, there could be a significant reduction in the number of tickets made available for members and released on general sale next season.

Olympic Stadium deal to be revealed

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has lost an appeal over a decision by the Information Commissioner that the details of its deal with West Ham over the Olympic Stadium should be published.  The matter was pursued by a coalition of football supporters’ organisations.

The LLDC has argued that substantial commercial losses could result in a competive market and may take the matter further in the courts.

Truro no longer need to ground share

Truro City are not going to ground share at Torquay United next season.  A compromise has been reached that will allow them to stay at Treyew Road until their new stadium at Silver Bow is completed. Construction work there is expected to start in October 2016 and be finished by June 2017.

They are also going to install a 250-seat covered stand to allow them to compete in the play offs.

Chelsea and Spurs closer to Wembley ground share

It looks as if a deal can be concluded for Chelsea and Spurs to ground share at Wembley.  It will mean more international matches being played away from Wembley and fewer music concerts there.  Chelsea would need to be there for three years and Spurs for one year.

Chelsea are thought to have agreed a deal worth £20m a season.    With a similar deal for Spurs, the FA would stand to make a total of £80m.   Last year events at the stadium generated £83m.

Millwall development threat

Millwall will continue to fight to safeguard their future after a decision on whether land around The Den would be sold to property developers was delayed last week.  Lewisham Council was due to discuss compulsory purchase orders on Wednesday, but a decision was deferred and a legal investigation will now take place.

If the deal eventually goes through, land which includes the club’s car park would become privately owned by a property development company, Renewal.   Millwall currently lease the land.