Tottenham Hotspur are confident that they have struck a deal to temporarily relocate to Wembley Stadium for the beginning of the 2017-18 season with work on their new home set to step up a gear. Reports on espnfc.co.uk claim that the London based club are confident that the FA will approve their application to play at the national stadium whilst work on their new stadium begins, a deal that could see Spurs ply their trade at Wembley for up to two seasons.
Tottenham, who are chasing a maiden Premier League title and a first top-flight championship win since 1961, had originally considered a move to Milton Keynes, at stadium:MK, but it was thought their 30,500 capacity was too small. Wembley, which can hold up to 90,000 spectators, is thought to be more apt due to the club’s metoric rise to the upper reaches of the Premier League and better equipped to host Champions League football.
Tottenham have called their current stadium, White Hart Lane, home since 1899 and it currently holds just over 36,000 spectators. The new stadium, which will be on the same site, will hold up to 61,000 once complete.
Moving to a temporary home, however, does come with its risks, as bitter rivals Arsenal found out in the late 1990s. Arsenal were forced to play their Champions League games at Wembley for two seasons between 1998 and 2000 due to a ticket allocation cut. The Gunners struggled to make the transition and were eliminated at the Group Stage in both seasons.
Tottenham hope to be at their new home in time for the 2018-19 season, although the Wembley deal is thought to contain a clause which would allow the club to continue if the new stadium fails to honour it’s completion date. The club have also struck a deal with the NFL which would see a minimum of two games a year being played at the stadium.