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 By Reuters

Tottenham confirm new stadium designed to incorporate future safe standing areas

Tottenham Hotspur's new 62,000-seat stadium has been "future-proofed" for safe standing, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The North London team's announcement comes as cross-party MPs are set to debate safe standing in Parliament on Monday to decide if English clubs should offer fans the choice to sit or stand while they watch their team play.

"As a club, we did not engage on this until the Hillsborough Inquiry was concluded, which showed that the tragedy in April 1989 had not been caused by standing," Tottenham executive director Donna-Maria Cullen said on the club's website, referring to the Hillsborough stadium disaster in Sheffield in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

"At our new stadium, we have designed a section within the home area and within the away section that has an integrated safety bar with the normal seating."

The sections will feature newly designed seats that are an improvement on the existing rail seats, which are used extensively in Germany as well as in Scotland's Celtic Park.

Spurs will play their first home league game of next season at Wembley before welcoming Liverpool in their first competitive match at the new ground on the weekend of Sept. 15.

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