Spurs face stadium decision deadline

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

According to the London Evening Standard the club will have to inform the Premier League early in March whether they expect their new stadium to open in time for the start of next season.

According to the article the premier league will write to all 20 clubs to request their fixture plans for the 2018-19 campaign and that will be the time for Spurs to decide whether to ask for any early-season League games to be played away from home, to give our new 62,000-seat ground extra time to be completed.

The new season is due to start on August 11 and it is likely there will be three international matches before the start of September, however the article says that the clubs official line remains that they expect to be in the new venue on schedule, but that said with the complex nature of the scheme, it means the club must have contingency plans, one of which is to consider rearranging fixtures.

The club know they have some bargaining room should they require it. This season, West Ham played their first three League fixtures away from home, as well as one Carabao Cup tie, due to the World Athletics Championships taking place at London Stadium.

Liverpool were allowed to switch their August meeting with Burnley, scheduled for Anfield, to Turf Moor in 2015 while work on their Centenary Stand was finished and back in 2010, newly-promoted Blackpool were given extra time to bring Bloomfield Road up to Premier League standards.

The article goes on to say that there is no suggestion yet that building work will overrun but it is apparent that club are working to a very tight timetable.

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