Spurs remain at Wembley, but return home will be worth the wait
PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 January 2019
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The wait goes on for Spurs fans as the new year gets underway, but sooner rather than later they will be back home once again.
We are now halfway through this month of January and yet there is no fixed date for when Tottenham Hotspur will be back in N17.
Originally the plan was for the Lilywhites to be out of Wembley Stadium by the beginning of the 2018/19 season, but that soon had to be scrapped.
Numerous delays have occurred and so as things stand, Tottenham are due to play home matches in Brent for the rest of January and also February.
Games with Watford, Newcastle United, Leicester City, as well as the Champions League round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund will all take place at Wembley.
As things stand, March appears the month where the stadium will finally open, but will Arsenal be allowed to be the first visitors to Spurs’ new home on March 2?
It is understood the police don’t want that to be the case and so it could be Crystal Palace two weeks later, although the FA Cup could scupper this.
If Tottenham or the Eagles are in the quarter-finals, the Premier League clash will be postponed and so there remains a possibility the stadia won’t open until April.
Regardless of when Mauricio Pochettino’s team finally move in, there is no doubt it will be worth the wait.
Spurs allowed 6,000 supporters to enter the stadium on December 16 for a ‘familiarisation event’ and it certainly whet the appetite!
Fans were only able to sample the South Stand, but everyone who attended walked away with a unrivalled sense of amazement.
Supporters were able to test the matchday security procedures, see the Market Place in the South Stand and visit the Goal Line Bar.
The atmospheric Beavertown Tottenham Taproom was also in operation and what the club are building will be one of the best stadiums in the world, let alone Europe and England!
There is understandably a big amount of frustration over the fact Spurs are still not home, but chairman Daniel Levy deserves huge credit for this project.
When it is finally complete and the Lilywhites are back at N17, it will be a moment to savour.
As noted, it could be April and Brighton & Hove Albion on April 6 is an option, although this again depends on the FA Cup.
It means uncertainty remains, but remember it will be worth the wait when Spurs are back home.