The iconic Wembley stadium will be the venue for Tottenham Hotspurs’ first ever stint in the 2016-17 edition of the UEFA Champions League, it has been confirmed.
Spurs have begun the process the revamping their White Hart Lane base, as they hope to provide an improved stadium to the spectators at the start of the 2018-19 season. According to UEFA’s rules and regulations, the under-construction White Hart Lane is unfit to host the prestigious Champions League games, because of problems related to “access, capacity and rights delivery”.
The Premier League club confirmed on 28th May that they have struck a deal with the Football Association, which will allow them to play their Champions League home games at England’s national stadium for the 2016-17 season. The terms of the deal also include an option that enables Spurs to play their Premier League and Cup home matches at the Wembley for the 2017-18 season.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said that the club was delighted to have reached an agreement with the WNSL( Wembley National Stadium Ltd) and the Football association.
“Given the current reduction in capacity at White Hart Lane for next season and the ticketing requirements for the Champions League, playing at the Wembley will mean that we can continue to accommodate all of our existing season ticket holders.”, he added.
The north London side, who came quite close to qualifying for the elite competition in the past few seasons, finally managed to do it this season as they finished 3rd in the English Premier League.