Does Tottenham Stadium have a roof? Boxing weather forecast for Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora

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Tyson Fury's third showdown with Derek Chisora will be the second boxing match to be held at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Boxing fans last headed to the spectacular home of the north London Premier League club to watch Anthony Joshua lose to Oleksandr Usyk in September 2021.

Holding an outdoor event in December could be seen as a risky business because of the vagaries of the English weather, so what happens if it rains on the night?

The Sporting News explains what to expect and whether the roof can be closed to protect punters.

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Does the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium roof close?

When it opened in April 2019, one of the most immediately eye-catching features of Tottenham's stadium was its curved roof.

Around 72,000 square metres of concrete and 12,000 tins of paint were used in the project, which cost an estimated £1 billion ($1.2 billion)

Unlike stadiums such as the Merkur Spielarena, where Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, the stadium does not have a retractable roof to cover the playing field, though, meaning fans and fighters will be exposed to the elements. 

During Storm Eunice in the UK in February 2022, cameras caught the roof of the stadium moving – although that is part of the design rather than anything to be worried about.

"Incorporating flexibility to deal with extreme weather conditions – for example, strong wind or heavy snow and rainfall – is a vital part of the design process," the senior principal of stadium architects Populous, Tom Jones, told New Civil Engineer at the time of the storm.

The roof of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium pulsates amid gale force winds caused by Storm Eunice.

London has faced winds of up to 90mph as the storm causes havoc across the UK. pic.twitter.com/34hPEEX0pG

— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) February 18, 2022

Tyson Fury vs. Derek Chisora weather forecast: How will the London weather affect boxing showdown? 

Ticket holders are advised to wear "appropriate clothing" for an event in winter and told that all seating within the stadium is outdoor.

However, at the risk of jinxing the conditions, fans heading to the fight appear to be in for reasonable weather on December 3.

Three days before the bout, the UK Met Office was forecasting only a 10% chance of rain on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium capacity

The stadium has a vast capacity of 62,850, making it the second-largest stadium in the Premier League behind Manchester United's Old Trafford.

More people can be accommodated for boxing matches because seating can be added on the pitch around the ring.

When Joshua lost on points to Usyk, the attendance was stated as 66,267.

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