New stadium for Tottenham [Photo: Logan Holmes]

Tottenham: Home Games At Wembley, Brighton Or Ipswich

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.

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  • chris

    Spurs have needed patience with this stadium project ! Good to hear that funding is in place. The CPO is a bit of a worry, but I’m assuming the outcome just triggers price 1 or price 2. If there is an outcome that means we can’t purchase the remaining land then Spurs clearly have difficulties. I always thought the old plan of playing at WHL and then the part built new stadium during the construction period was impractical. Frankly, I would not be surprised if they don’t need 2 seasons on the road, rather than the 1 currently assumed. There is an awful lot of demolition and building work to be done. But it will be worth it all in the end, I’m sure.

    • Logan Holmes

      Would have preferred Spurs to play somewhere in London – Brighton or Ipswich would cause me great difficulty to get to a game.

      It makes sense to move away from WHL if it helps to speed up the work and ensure the stadium is completed at the earliest possible date.

      Have a concern over the CPO – if the decision goes in favour of Spurs, can it be appealed? If it can, that would be another lengthy delay.

      • chris

        Think the current stage is the appeal by Archway over the previous decision to allow the CPO. Not sure whether there are possible additional stages after this one. Maybe judicial review, that sort of thing.

  • Jack James

    Eric Pickles? The guy who drove down the number of houses being built to the lowest since 1920′s? It all makes sense now.

    • Logan Holmes

      It’s taking an excessive length of time to reach a decision. Normally decisions are made in 10 – 11 weeks, on average. This one is almost 2 years.

      • Jack James

        Absolutely. I hear Mr. Pickles doesn’t like to build things. How can someone that incompetent be left in charge with something like this?