FA seeks approval to increase events at Wembley Stadium before Tottenham Hotspur moves in
PUBLISHED: 13:42 26 January 2017
The Football Association has lodged a bid to host more events at Wembley Stadium for the 2017-18 season.
The planning application by Wembley National Stadium Limited, a subisdary of the FA, has been lodged with Brent Council in preparation of Tottenham Hotspurs temporary location to the venue.
The premiership team will be playing its home games at Wembley while a new £400million stadium is being built next to their existing home at White Hart Lane in Tottenham.
Currently there is a cap on the number of events which can be hosted at Wembley with a full 90,000 capacity.
If approved, the number of events would be increased to 31.
A statement on Tottenham Hotspurs official website reads: “In preparation for our proposed temporary relocation to Wembley, the Club can confirm that we shall be supporting Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) in their planning application to the London Borough of Brent to increase the number of events at which the stadium can be opened at full capacity for.
“There has been a huge demand for tickets from our fans and the residents of Brent during our four European fixtures hosted at Wembley so far this season and the prospect of all Club games being played in front of a full capacity stadium would allow many more to have the chance to watch all of our Premier League and cup games.
“Importantly, if approved by the London Borough of Brent, it will allow the stadium operators, the Club, emergency services and transport providers to put in place a comprehensive management plan for the full period of any tenancy with certainty on how the stadium will be allocated throughout the period and what management measures are required.
“We shall be supporting WNSL as they undertake a thorough consultation process so that residents are fully aware of the application and our commitment to ensuring that our proposed tenancy delivers positive benefits, as well as initiatives and improvements to better mitigate event day impacts on local residents and the wider community.
“This season, the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation has already delivered activity across the Borough around the period of our matches, which has been greatly welcomed. We would look to build on the success of these projects by expanding our work with schools and grass roots football as well with health and social cohesion initiatives.
We have been overwhelmed by the positive reception we have received from Brent Council, schools, community groups and organisations.”