English top-flight soccer club Tottenham Hotspur are set to play the first three or four games of the next Premier League season away from home while they finish construction of their new stadium, according to a report in the Independent.
The switch means Spurs’ first Premier League game at the new 61,000-seater venue will be in September 2018, rather than when the season begins on 11th August.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy confirmed in a meeting with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust on 20th February that Spurs were “likely” to request to play the “first few matches” of next season away when they return their 2018/19 Premier League fixture questionnaire in mid-March.
According the report, that had always been Spurs’ plan.
Levy also told the Supporters Trust that the new ground will be known as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - rather than White Hart Lane, the name of their old home - if they go into next season without a naming rights deal.
Spurs are in discussions with a number of parties over naming rights, with Levy reportedly looking for a 20-year deal worth £20million annually.
According to the minutes of the recent meeting: ‘Until such a time that a partner is found, the stadium will be referred to as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.’
The minutes also noted: ‘DL [Levy] explained that the stadium financing was not conditional on selling naming rights. THFC are in discussions but they will only contract when they are satisfied with the price, the tenure and the counterparty.’