Tottenham Hotspur confirm they will play home games at Wembley next season
PUBLISHED: 17:04 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:04 28 April 2017
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This news means this season will be the last at the current White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed they will play home games at Wembley Stadium next season meaning this campaign will be the club’s last at the current White Hart Lane.
Spurs had until Sunday (April 30) to decide if they wanted to activate an option with Wembley National Stadium Limited.
And this afternoon the club confirmed via their social media account Twitter that they will play at the national stadium next season for one year while their new White Hart Lane venue is completed.
Chairman Daniel Levy said: “The Lane means a huge amount to each and every one of us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of the new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years. We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match here on May 14.
“Wembley will be our home for a season and then we shall return to what will be one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to NFL games too – a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success. Both on and off the pitch this is an incredibly exciting time in the history of our club.”
Levy continued: “Our stadium scheme and associated developments represent an unprecedented level of private investment in north London.
“It has indeed been the kick-start to regeneration that this area of London has so badly needed and it is important that we now see the moment we have created supported and expanded.
“Tottenham and its diverse cultures, rocked by two riots in 30 years, deserves to see progress and chance. We are working hard to deliver greater economic benefits to those living right on our doorstep and to create a place where local communities can study, have new homes, find work and thrive.
“I am particularly proud that this announcement comes in a week that saw yet another Jobs Fair held by the club – this time for veterans of the Armed Forces – and that we can also mark this occasion with the announcement that we have to date delivered 1000 jobs as a result of our activities and investment.
“Post the riots in 2011 we committed ourselves to playing our part in the regeneration of Tottenham. The ripple effect from our stadium at the heart of regeneration plans across more than 120 acres is evident.
“I urge the Mayor, Tfl and Haringey Council to support our efforts and to prove a focus on Tottenham to ensure that this incredibly opportunity that the stadium brings is maximised for future generations.”