Tottenham can use Wembley for rest of season if needed
PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 November 2018
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The club have an agreement with the Football Association to use the national stadium for the remainder of the 2018/19 season
Spurs can play the rest of their home games in the 2018/19 campaign at Wembley Stadium if needed, the Football Association have confirmed.
Over the weekend Tottenham Hotspur revealed their Premier League fixtures at home to Southampton, Burnley, AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers in December would be played at the national stadium with attendance capped at 51,000.
The N17 club haven’t revealed where their match with Manchester United on January 13 will be played, but if their new 62,062-seater stadium is still not ready, they could host the Red Devils under the arch in Brent, it has now been confirmed.
An FA statement on Sunday read: “We can confirm that we have an agreement in place with Tottenham to host any additional 2018/19 home games that they may have to play at Wembley Stadium, should they need the option.
“To plan for this, we have made a submission as a contingency on behalf of Tottenham to Brent Council for a variation to the event cap, which if approved would come into effect from late January, for their matches to be played at a capacity of 62,000, with limited games at 90,000.”
A Spurs statement, also on Sunday, added: “Whilst Wembley National Stadium Ltd has been able to assign us a number of full capacity games, the restriction on the number of full capacity events available to WNSL each year means that our remaining Premier League fixtures after Chelsea (on November 24) will be capped at 51,000 unless otherwise advised.
“Special dispensation was granted by Brent Council for the 2017/18 season for WNSL to be permitted to increase the number of events at full capacity as a result of our temporary relocation for the entire season.
“As a contingency measure to ensure we can stage our matches whilst we await certainty on the exact opening date of our new stadium, the club has reached agreement with WNSL to host any additional home games that we may have to play at Wembley Stadium.
“Additionally, WNSL will submit a planning application to Brent Council for a variation on the cap for our games in the event we require them.
“The application will be for games to be at a capacity of 62,000, with additional limited exceptions at 90,000. As announced previously, we shall look to provide a further update on stadium progress in early December.”