Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium to sport the world’s first dividing retractable pitch
UK-based engineering specialist, The SCX Group, has been selected as the Retractable Pitch Supplier for the ground-breaking new stadium of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC/’Spurs’).
We are pleased to confirm SCX as our official Retractable Pitch Supplier. SCX has a proven track record in delivering innovative solutions and this bespoke pitch mechanism will allow our new stadium to host a range of major events in addition to Tottenham Hotspur matches, as we strive to create a venue that is a hive of activity all year round.
We have a solid reputation for problem solving in bespoke circumstances that involve moving and lifting huge structures at sporting venues. All of the mechanical and control system engineering skills are in-house and genuinely world class.
Our expertise and heritage enables us to push the boundaries of moving structures and precision engineering. This latest pitch technology embodies everything we strive for and care about – delivering precisely what the client needs, with the engineering flair that has become a hallmark of SCX. We are so very proud to deliver this engineering world first.
By developing Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, Main Contractor Mace are helping to create a major sports and entertainment landmark for visitors, the wider community, London and the UK.
Designed by world-renowned architectural practice Populous with a capacity of 61,559, the tight atmospheric bowl will ensure spectators are closer to the pitch than at any other comparable ground in the UK with uninterrupted views for everyone at any event. The stadium has been designed for atmosphere including the incorporation of the UK’s largest single tier stand, the home southern end, which will be able to hold up to 17,000 fans.
The venue won’t just cater for soccer either, as Tottenham Hotspur has agreed a long-term partnership with the NFL that will see a minimum of two American football games played at the stadium each season for 10 years. This has been made possible thanks to a retractable grass field for THFC home fixtures with an artificial surface underneath that will be multi-use and capable of hosting NFL matches, concerts and other high-profile events. Dedicated facilities for the NFL – including locker rooms and medical facilities – are also provided so the club’s facilities are never compromised by the need to cater for other users.
The seating bowl has also been designed to provide excellent sightlines for the different formats of football and the NFL, without having to screen off rows of seats at the front of the lower tier.
The structure of the stadium will have a sculpted appearance, wrapping and folding its way around the stadium before reaching the home end, where a glass façade arches upwards to reveal the impressive single tier home stand.