A report in the Evening Standard suggests that Tottenham could play their home games at Wembley, Brighton or Ipswich during the final season of the building of their new stadium.
Home Games at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur are reported to be considering the use of Wembley Stadium, Brighton’s Amex Stadium or Ipswich Town’s Portman Road ground during the final season of the construction of their new ground. Originally, Tottenham had proposed playing that final season in their new stadium with only three sides of the ground completed and the fourth stand being built through that season.
Now, after many delays, as the club awaits a decision by by Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on on the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO), they have decided that it would be too difficult to play Premier League games with building work still in progress around the ground.
Tottenham are hoping to have the new stadium ready for the commencement of the 2017-18 season and that would require them to find alternative accommodation for the 2016-17 season to allow for the completion of the stadium. Tottenham are thought to have considered many options including the use of Wembley, playing at MK Dons ground and possibly sharing with West Ham United but now seem to favour playing some games at Brighton or Ipswich as well as Wembley.
According to the report in the Evening Standard, Tottenham’s preferred option would be to play home games at Wembley with a reduced capacity of 50,000. The costs involved, however, are causing them to also consider other venues like Brighton or Ipswich.
I presume that Tottenham would play the games at Wembley against the top clubs when they would be assured of filling the stadium but for other matches they would opt for a smaller stadium which appears to be a reasonable and sensible decision.
The funding for the new ground is thought to be in place once Tottenham are given the go-ahead to commence the construction work.
It has been a long and slow process for Tottenham and hopefully a decision on the CPO will be reached soon to enable the project to move to the next stage.