Tottenham Hotspur has announced today (Monday) that its stadium is being used to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, with Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium also set to be offered up.
Following discussions with Haringey Council, the Greater London Authority and the NHS, Tottenham has offered the 60,000-seat stadium and other club facilities to the health services.
The stadium’s basement car park will be used as a storage base by the London Food Alliance, a new scheme set up to ensure vulnerable people in London receive the necessary food supplies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The London Food Alliance has been set up by food surplus distributors The Felix Project, FareShare and City Harvest.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will serve as one of two hubs that will be used to receive surplus food, divide it into food parcels and deliver them to Londoners. Alexandra Palace, home of the World Darts Championships, will be the other hub used in Haringey.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “As a club, we have always been clear about our commitment to the wider community – never has this been more important than it is now. We are immensely proud of the efforts of everybody involved in the fight against Covid-19 and see today as just the start of what we can do as a club to assist.”
Tottenham had already been working with The Felix Project before and at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, with the club having donated unused food and drink that had been intended for the postponed match against Manchester United earlier this month.
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium will be used by the NHS in the fight against Covid-19, although this has not been officially confirmed by the club.
Sky Sports reported that City would make executive boxes and conference rooms available to help train doctors and nurses working during the crisis.
A number of other UK venues have already been offered up to support the Covid-19 fight, including London’s ExCel Centre, Birmingham’s NEC exhibition centre and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Premier League football has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
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