Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has said he is confident the English Premier League football club’s new stadium will be finished in time before the start of the 2018-19 season, but admitted that it is “likely” the team will play its first few games of the campaign away from home.
The new stadium project is scheduled for completion this summer, but progress has slowed slightly in recent weeks due to adverse weather conditions in the English capital of London.
Spurs are playing home games at Wembley Stadium this season while work is carried out on the stadium, which will cover some of the site of its former home at White Hart Lane.
Levy has now spoken out to allay any fears over the impact that the recent delays could have on progress, saying he is confident the club will be able to move in to its new home ahead of the start of next season.
However, the club does have the option to flag up any issues with the Premier League prior to this date and request to play its opening fixtures of the season away from home while the finishing touches are applied to the new stadium.
After a recent meeting with the club, the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust said that Levy had suggested this approach is “likely”.
“DL thought it was likely they would request to play the first few matches of the 2018-19 season away from home,” the Trust said, according to its minutes that were published after the meeting.
“DL said that although a contingency plan was in place, everyone was 100 per cent focused on achieving the budgeted timescale.
“Certainly no talks had been held with Wembley over extending their residency and that there was no intention of activating any extension clause unless it was absolutely necessary.”
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