New Stadium Details And Discussions

cider spurs

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EVENING STANDARD


Tottenham 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.

At the end of this month, the governing body will write to all 20 clubs to request their fixture plans for the 2018-19 campaign.

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 their 62,000-seat ground, located a stone’s throw from the old White Hart Lane, 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.



Tottenham’s official line remains that they expect to be in the new venue, a project costing more than £800million, on schedule. But the complex nature of the scheme means the club must have contingency plans, one of which is to consider rearranging fixtures.

Spurs know they have some wriggle 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.


In 2016, Liverpool were allowed to switch their August meeting with Burnley, scheduled for Anfield, to Turf Moor while work on their Centenary Stand was finished. And in 2010, newly-promoted Blackpool were given extra time to bring Bloomfield Road up to Premier League standards


So should Spurs ask for more breathing space, it seems likely they would receive a sympathetic ear.

There is no suggestion yet that building work will overrun significantly and the Premier League board have already been clear that a team must play all their home games in the competition at the same venue. But it is apparent that Spurs are working to a very tight timetable. The project entered a crucial phase earlier this month when builders slotted in the final piece of the compression ring, meaning the outer structure is now complete. That paved the way for the ‘roof lift’ stage to begin.

At a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust last May, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was asked how fans would know whether the stadium was on course to open on time. Minutes of the meeting read: “Daniel Levy said that the roof going on at the end of January/early February 2018 would be a big indicator.”


The minutes added: “Levy [said] contingency has been considered and there was the option to stay at Wembley for a second season, although it was hoped that wouldn’t be needed.” Standard Sport understands that at this stage, there have been no formal discussions between Tottenham and the FA about another year at Wembley.
 

Goldman

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So London is hosting a eSports tournament in April.

I’m sure Levy and co will be watching closely regarding ticket sales...
 

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Play all our August games away from home and all we’ll hear for the next year is Harry Kane can’t score at the new stadium in August.
 

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EVENING STANDARD


Tottenham 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.

At the end of this month, the governing body will write to all 20 clubs to request their fixture plans for the 2018-19 campaign.

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 their 62,000-seat ground, located a stone’s throw from the old White Hart Lane, 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.



Tottenham’s official line remains that they expect to be in the new venue, a project costing more than £800million, on schedule. But the complex nature of the scheme means the club must have contingency plans, one of which is to consider rearranging fixtures.

Spurs know they have some wriggle 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.


In 2016, Liverpool were allowed to switch their August meeting with Burnley, scheduled for Anfield, to Turf Moor while work on their Centenary Stand was finished. And in 2010, newly-promoted Blackpool were given extra time to bring Bloomfield Road up to Premier League standards


So should Spurs ask for more breathing space, it seems likely they would receive a sympathetic ear.

There is no suggestion yet that building work will overrun significantly and the Premier League board have already been clear that a team must play all their home games in the competition at the same venue. But it is apparent that Spurs are working to a very tight timetable. The project entered a crucial phase earlier this month when builders slotted in the final piece of the compression ring, meaning the outer structure is now complete. That paved the way for the ‘roof lift’ stage to begin.

At a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust last May, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was asked how fans would know whether the stadium was on course to open on time. Minutes of the meeting read: “Daniel Levy said that the roof going on at the end of January/early February 2018 would be a big indicator.”


The minutes added: “Levy [said] contingency has been considered and there was the option to stay at Wembley for a second season, although it was hoped that wouldn’t be needed.” Standard Sport understands that at this stage, there have been no formal discussions between Tottenham and the FA about another year at Wembley.
Think it would be silly not to put this in place just in case.

I don't think anyone is really going to complain if we have 3 or 4 away games in a row to start the season. We barely ever play the opening day of the season at home anyway lol.
 
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yiddopaul

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Think it would be silly not to put this in place just in case.

I don't think anyone is reallly going to complain if we have 3 or 4 away games in a row to start the season. We barely ever play the opening day of the season at home anyway lol.
Add into that the international break we always have at the start of the season. It could give us til what? Beginning of October to move in?
 

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Think it would be silly not to put this in place just in case.

I don't think anyone is reallly going to complain if we have 3 or 4 away games in a row to start the season. We barely ever play the opening day of the season at home anyway lol.
I knew it was infrequent so i went back and looked at every years opening game. What was interesting was exactly 50 years ago we played Arsenal at home 68/69. I might have a small wager on getting them as first home game of the season...
 

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I knew it was infrequent so i went back and looked at every years opening game. What was interesting was exactly 50 years ago we played Arsenal at home 68/69. I might have a small wager on getting them as first home game of the season...
No fucking chance. If we lost we'd never live it down.

Notts county was our first official game at the lane. That'd do.
 

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I knew it was infrequent so i went back and looked at every years opening game. What was interesting was exactly 50 years ago we played Arsenal at home 68/69. I might have a small wager on getting them as first home game of the season...
I was always under the impression that they try not to have the big/showcase games too early because the standard of play usually takes a couple of weeks to pick up and you don't want your biggest games that are watched all over the world to be a rubbish scrappy game between two teams who aren't at their sharpest.

I may be wrong though, just what I've always assumed. If I were in charge there's no way I'd schedule the NLD, Liverpool vs Utd, etc. on the first day of the season.
 

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I was always under the impression that they try not to have the big/showcase games too early because the standard of play usually takes a couple of weeks to pick up and you don't want your biggest games that are watched all over the world to be a rubbish scrappy game between two teams who aren't at their sharpest.

I may be wrong though, just what I've always assumed. If I were in charge there's no way I'd schedule the NLD, Liverpool vs Utd, etc. on the first day of the season.
We played Chelsea in our first home game this season. We had United away first game a couple of seasons ago. I think they like a big game early in the season to get people subscribing again.
 

'O Zio

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We played Chelsea in our first home game this season. We had United away first game a couple of seasons ago. I think they like a big game early in the season to get people subscribing again.
Then as per usual, I'm talking out my arse :D I stand corrected
 
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