This season hasn’t ended yet, but plenty of Tottenham Hotspur fans are already looking forward to what’s to come in the next campaign. After a year at Wembley, Spurs will make their return to the N17 postcode as their new stadium will finally be completed and ready to host football matches.
There haven’t been any significant delays in the construction project, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We’ve already heard about the possibility of Spurs having to play their first few matches of next season on the road, and now that’s basically been all but confirmed. The Standard has the details:
Tottenham have another month to finalise their fixture plans for next season as they prepare to start the new campaign with a run of away games.
Spurs have been in discussions with the Premier League about their options if their new £800milllion, 62,062-seat stadium is not ready in time for the start of 2018-19.
The governing body are aware of the possible delays to the new ground and in a recent meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, chairman Daniel Levy acknowledged the early league matches were likely to be played away from home. While the Premier League are comfortable with the current situation, they will be keen for clarity after the Championship play-off final on May 26.
The main takeaway from all this is that the Premier League are being reasonable and accommodating about the process of actually opening and playing at the new stadium. They’re giving Spurs a bit of extra time to figure things out, and should be totally fine with Tottenham playing a sequence of away games to start the season.
This isn’t unheard of, and is actually quite common for teams in similar situations. Liverpool played their first three matches of last season away from Anfield as their ground underwent redevelopment.
Who knows how this will affect next year’s team. Spurs haven’t been a poor side away from home recently. It seems more likely that the squad would be negatively affected once again by new signings joining-up late in the transfer window and not having the advantage of a preseason with their new club.
Again, this isn’t official. The process of creating the fixture list won’t start until the offseason is underway. But despite a smooth construction process it seems highly likely that the first few matches of the season will have to be played away while the finishing touches are put on Tottenham’s new home.
The early-season international break means that the grand opening likely won’t come until September, but everything we’ve seen about the new stadium (except ticket pricing) leads us to believe it will be worth the wait.