Spurs to play home games at Wembley

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:28 PM Tottenham will play its EPL home games next season at Wembley Stadium while its new stadium is being completed.

Spurs has called White Hart Lane home for 118 years but will play its last game there on May 14 against Manchester United.

The north London club's new stadium is being built on the site of its current home.

"Wembley will be our home for a season," chairman Daniel Levy said, "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."

Spurs plans to move into the new 61,000-seat stadium for the start of the 2018-19 season.

Mauricio Pochettino's team played its home Champions League games at Wembley this season, losing to Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen and beating CSKA Moscow.

In 2015, Spurs announced a 10-year deal with the NFL that will lead to them hosting a minimum of two games a year in its new stadium. They will be played on an artificial surface which will be installed under the regular grass pitch.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said Tottenham faced a "very difficult" transition when they move into their new stadium.

Wenger, who takes his side to White Hart Lane for what could be the last time on Sunday, underwent the same process when the Gunners relocated from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium in 2006.

Since the move, Arsenal have not been able to recapture the Premier League title they last lifted in 2004 and Wenger also had to sell a plethora of talent to help balance the books.

Asked how difficult the new stadium could prove for Spurs, Wenger replied: "Very difficult, much more you can imagine.

"First of all, you face financial restrictions, which we did. Overall, it might be less in future because you have more income.

"Secondly because you don't feel at home like you were before. And you need to recreate a kind of history to feel comfortable and to feel like you play at home. I would say it can take two years (to feel at home)."

Victory for Tottenham on Sunday would mean they are guaranteed to finish above their neighbours for the first time since 1995.

Arsenal fans have become so accustomed to being the top dogs in north London they have christened the day when Spurs cannot mathematically finish above them in the table as 'St Totteringham's Day'.

Source: AAP






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