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400,000+ READERS leisureopportunities 21 JULY – 03 AUGUST 2015 ISSUE 663 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Tottenham Hotspur stadium designs revealed


Tottenham Hotspur FC (THFC) will install an inno- vative multi-use pitch at its 61,000-capacity stadium in North London – allowing it to host a minimum of two National Football League (NFL) games each season. Te club will use a retract-


able grass field at its new £400m venue, with an artifi- cial surface underneath that will be used for NFL games. The design will allow


greater flexibility in the scheduling of games, with the NFL having its own playing surface for games held at the venue. Te arti- ficial surface will also be capable of hosting other sporting, entertainment and community events. THFC said it had signed a 10-year deal with the NFL for at least two games per year. “With growing enthusiasm for the NFL in the UK, we’re committed to hosting NFL


Fitness First eyes up offload of 10 gym sites


Fitness First plans to sell up to 10 regional UK health clubs as the chain continues its strategic shiſt upmarket towards premium clubs in metropol- itan centres, amid speculation that owner Oaktree Capital Management could be planning to exit the business. Te potential offload comes as Oaktree recently replaced CEO Andrew Cosslett with Oren Peleg, who has a strong pedigree in finance. Peleg’s appointment sparked suggestions he will move to cut costs and boost earn- ings ahead of a sale of the business. Continued on back cover


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Sports architects Populous have been appointed to design the stadium


games in world-class venues and are excited to partner with Tottenham Hotspur to play games at their future stadium,” said NFL commis- sioner Roger Goodell. “We share a vision and commitment to creating the best experience for our teams, fans and the local community.”


Shrek’s Adventure comes to London


Merlin Entertainments has launched its latest attraction at its London cluster on the Tames, a ‘game-changing’ immersive Shrek attraction, which the project’s creative director has said will take linear experiences to new heights. Working with DreamWorks Animation,


Shrek’s Adventure follows a similar format to that of the London Dungeon – minus the frights – combining special effects and real-life actors to create a unique experience only available currently in London. Eddie Saul, creative director for the proj-


ect, told Leisure Opportunities that the script for the experience – which will last around 1.5 hours – is completely new and has been written


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League club announced the plans to host NFL games as part of a presen- tation during which it also revealed updated designs for the Northumberland Development Project – a large-scale sports, leisure and entertainment destina- tion anchored by the new stadium. Set to open in 2018, the development will include a new 180-bedroom hotel, an extreme sports cen- tre, a “Sky Walk” adrenaline attraction and a “Tottenham Experience” – a perma- nent visitor attraction and


museum charting the club’s history. There will also be 579 new homes,


a new community health centre and improved street infrastructure to better deal with crowd management Details: http://lei.sr?a=p7Y4x_O


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