Tottenham says it is 'highly unlikely' new stadium will be ready for 2017-18 season

Sep 10, 8:49 AM

LONDON - Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur will have to vacate their White Hart Lane ground for one season after announcing a delay in the construction of their new stadium on Wednesday.

The owners of an area of the site where the new arena is due to be built have launched a challenge at Britain's High Court after being issued with a compulsory purchase order by the Secretary of State.

As a result, Tottenham have had to revise their construction programme for the stadium, which had been due to be completed in 2017, meaning they will have to leave White Hart Lane for one season.

"We should like to advise supporters that it is highly unlikely we shall be able to open the new stadium at the start of the 2017-2018 season," the north London club said in a statement on their website.

"The club has revised its construction programme in order to take the shortest possible time to construct.

"This now therefore involves the club moving away from the Lane during construction for a period of one season, to start at the beginning of a season in order to comply with Premier League rules.

"We are currently undertaking due diligence on alternative stadium options."

The new 56,250-capacity stadium is due to be built next to White Hart Lane, which seats 36,240 spectators and has been the club's home since 1899.

Sep 10, 3:50 PM

Report: Tottenham will not rule out playing at Emirates Stadium while new stadium is being built

Sep 10, 3:50 PM

Remember that awful roommate that refused to clean up after themselves and was rude to your friends? Well, this could be much, much worse.

Tottenham will not discount the possibility of playing in Emirates Stadium - the home of hated North London rival Arsenal - for one season while their new stadium is being build according to an ESPN report.

Earlier on Wednesday Tottenham confirmed their new 56,250-capacity stadium will be delayed. The new ground was originally supposed to be opened at the start of the 2017-18 season.

That means the club would need to find a temporary home. One option, according to the ESPN report, is a move to the 30,500 seat stadium of the MK Dons, which is 50 miles away from White Hart Lane, Spurs' current home.

Wembley Stadium, 13 miles away, is another option.

The last, and clearly the most volatile choice, would be Emirates Stadium, which is only 4.4 miles away from WHL.

Tottenham vows to consult their fans before making a decision, and you can safely assume they will not be a fan of sharing a home with the Gunners. As for Arsenal fans, well you can guess their response to the idea. Expect many expletives.

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Jul 12, 9:05 AM

Spurs receive stadium planning boost

Jul 12, 9:05 AM

LONDON, July 11, 2014 (AFP) - Tottenham's plans to build a new stadium took a major step forward on Friday after the club were granted permission to use a site earmarked for the project.

The north London club were told that government ministers had agreed with a compulsory purchase order made by the Borough of Haringey, which will enable the Northumberland Development Project to continue.

More than 95 per cent of the three-hectare site has already been approved and the order was requested to allow the final two of three phases to go ahead.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support."

Earlier this year, Tottenham expressed their hope that the new 56,250-capacity stadium would be ready by 2017.

The current ground capacity of White Hart Lane is approximately 36,240.

Apr 2, 9:51 AM

Tottenham say new stadium will be ready for 2017

Apr 2, 9:51 AM

If everything goes to plan Tottenham's new stadium will be ready by 2017. 

The new ground would seat 58,000 fans, up from the 36,000 capacity at White Hart Lane. 

Spurs anticipate opening the stadium in mid-2017 is 'feasible,' according to the BBC. 

"We have fantastic, strong support," chairman Daniel Levy told Tottenham's official website. "Our current 36,000-seater stadium sells out and the waiting list for season ticket holders is currently in excess of 47,000." 

"We have the smallest capacity stadium of any club in the top 20 clubs in Europe, let alone the current top four Premier League clubs." 

Tottenham expects to put out a tender for construction later this year. 

Oct 30, 1:49 PM

Plans for Tottenham's new stadium revealed

Oct 30, 1:49 PM

The construction of Tottenham's new stadium could come at the expense of local businesses according to a report in the Guardian. 

David Conn reports Haringey council is set on developing an area opposite of the new gorund that would involve the demolition of existing local businesses. 

"Spurs have bought substantial land in that area, now proposed for residential development, and recently moved ownership of the property offshore, raising the possibility of avoiding corporate capital gains tax when it is sold at a profit – although Spurs deny the transfer was motivated by tax avoidance.

The development, proposed by Haringey council, follows a renegotiation of Spurs' planning permission last year, when the club was released from a £16m commitment to improve transport and community infrastructure, and to build 50% affordable housing in the apartment blocks planned on the site of the current ground.

Tottenham's chairman, Daniel Levy, argued that those requirements were making it difficult to raise the £400m necessary to build the new stadium, and called for the wider development to boost land values and investor confidence in the Tottenham project. The council, determined to bring regeneration to an area which is vibrant but deprived and suffered the riot of 2011, shares the club's belief that their investment will be a major "catalyst" to improve the area, so the concessions were worth making."

You can read Conn's full report here