Imagine 90,000 Tottenham fans inside Wembley Stadium to watch Tottenham Hotspur play a Champions League home match. Tottenham Hotspur, who are set to play their Champions League matches in England’s national stadium this coming season, confirmed on their website today that Spurs will have full use of Wembley stadium, including the upper tier of seats, for all Champions League home matches this coming season.
Spurs are using Wembley next season for the Champions League thanks to the ongoing construction of their new stadium. The northeast corner of White Hart Lane has already been demolished, which will result in a reduction in capacity of 4,000 seats for the upcoming 2016-17 season. This may put Spurs at odds with UEFA regulations with regards to hosting Champions League matches, so the FA and Spurs came to an agreement whereby they will play their UCL matches in Wembley next season.
However, it was thought that the upper tier of seats would be left unused, reducing the maximum capacity of Wembley to just under 51,000. If Spurs can fill Wembley to capacity, it will mean that they will have the largest home attendance of any Champions League club in England by a significant margin.
There were concerns upon Spurs’ initial announcement regarding the use of Wembley that the atmosphere would be significantly reduced due to the large side of the stadium. However, the use of the full 90,000-seat capacity would certainly help alleviate some of those concerns, if Spurs fans are able to fill it.
This announcement was made in tandem with the announcement of three-match ticketing packages for the UCL group stage that range in price from £70-£150 and that are available for purchase beginning today.
The group stage draw for the 2016-17 Champions League will take place on August 25.