Wembley Will Be ‘Home’ For Tottenham During The 2017-18 Season

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Tottenham Hotspur will play their home games at Wembley during the 2017-18 season.

Spurs activated the option to use the 90,000-seater Wembley stadium for next season, as White Hart Lane, their current home, is set to be demolished. The North London outfit will then return to their new stadium for the start of the 2018-19 season.

Sunday’s match against Arsenal will be the last North London derby at White Hart Lane, while Manchester United will be their last visitors on May 14.

Club chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement: “This marks a momentous day in our Club’s history as it is the day we formally agreed the demolition of our beloved White Hart Lane.

“The Lane means a huge amount to each and every one of us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of the new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years. We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match here on May 14.

“Wembley will be our home for a season and then we shall return to what will be one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to NFL games too – a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success. Both on and off the pitch this is an incredibly exciting time in the history of our Club.

“Our stadium scheme and associated developments represent an unprecedented level of private investment in North London. It has indeed been the kick-start to regeneration that this area of London has so badly needed and it is important that we now see the momentum we have created supported and expanded. Tottenham and its diverse cultures, rocked by two riots in 30 years, deserves to see progress and change.

“We are working hard to deliver greater economic benefits to those living right on our doorstep and to create a place where local communities can study, have new homes, find work and thrive.

“I am particularly proud that this announcement comes in a week that saw yet another Jobs Fair held by the Club  – this time for Veterans of the Armed Forces – and that we can also mark this occasion with the announcement that we have to date delivered 1000 jobs as a result of our activities and investment.

“Post the riots in 2011 we committed ourselves to playing our part in the regeneration of Tottenham. The ripple effect from our stadium at the heart of regeneration plans across more than 120 acres is evident.

“I urge the Mayor, TfL and Haringey Council, to support our efforts and to provide a focus on Tottenham to ensure that this incredible opportunity that the stadium brings is maximised for future generations.”

Spurs’ new 61,000-seater stadium is expected to cost close to £800m.


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