It has been officially announced today by both the Football Association and Tottenham Hotspur that the club will play all of our home Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium next season.
Ongoing building work at White Hart Lane as we prepare for the new stadium has meant a reduced capacity in N17 for next season and Daniel Levy has moved to ensure that as many supporters as possible are able to watch the club play in Europe’s top club competition.
There is also a requirement to meet UEFA requirements, which will be impacted by the current stadium works affecting access, capacity and rights delivery.
What is potentially more interesting is the fact that Spurs also have the option to play all matches at Wembley during the 2017/2018 season which will include Premier League matches.
FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “Having Tottenham at Wembley for big European nights next season is a welcome opportunity for us to further the stadium’s position as a world-class venue. As well as helping the club and its fans, it will benefit London and English football in general with our commitment to reinvesting all profits back into the game.
“The increased revenue will particularly help us meet our targets for improving coaching and grassroots facilities and growing participation. We were already on a strong financial footing, which allowed us to reinvest £117m back into the game at all levels last season.”
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We are delighted that, through working in partnership with WNSL and The Football Association, we have been able to reach this agreement. Given the current reduction in capacity at White Hart Lane for next season and the ticketing requirements for Champions League, playing at Wembley will mean that we can continue to accommodate all of our existing Season Ticket holders.
“Our season ticket waiting list is over 50,000 so this now also offers us a great opportunity to provide more of our supporters with a chance to see the team play live during our Champions League campaign.
“Importantly, as we know it was our fans’ preference, it means that we can continue to play our home matches in London during our season away.”
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