Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed that its upcoming home match against Watford in the Carabao Cup will be played at Stadium MK.
The match will take place on September 26 at the 30,000-seat stadium, which is located in Milton Keynes, some 50 miles outside of London.
Tottenham last week applied for special dispensation to play the Watford match at Stadium MK amid ongoing delays at its new stadium. Wembley Stadium, where the club has been playing home matches while work on the new ground continues, is unavailable during the week commencing September 24.
Tottenham said last week that it appreciates that Stadium MK “may not be an ideal destination for every fan to get to on a weekday evening, however the club felt it would not be beneficial to request a reverse of the fixture as it would have resulted in no more than a 10 per cent allocation of tickets for our supporters at the venue of our opponents. In contrast, we shall have a ticket allocation of up to 90 per cent at a neutral venue, ensuring greater access for our fans.”
Since applying for dispensation for the Watford match last week, Tottenham has been forced to move its Premier League match against Manchester City, scheduled for October 28 at the new stadium, to October 29 at Wembley. Tottenham has also confirmed that all three of its UEFA Champions League group stage matches – against Barcelona on October 3, PSV Eindhoven on November 6 and Inter Milan on November 28 – will be held at Wembley.
Yesterday (Thursday), a report in the Daily Mail newspaper claimed that Tottenham had taken up an option with the Football Association to play its home games at Wembley through to December 15 amid ongoing delays with the new stadium.
Tottenham is said to consider the latest agreement, running at a cost of hundreds of thousands of pounds, as a safety net, with the club hoping to be able to open the new stadium before December 15.