Daniel Levy vows to give White Hart Lane a 'fitting farewell' at start of 'incredibly exciting' time for Tottenham

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has vowed to give White Hart Lane a “fitting farewell” after it was confirmed today that Spurs would spend next season at Wembley Stadium.

Ahead of a move to the new ground being built next to the Lane at the start of the 2018-19 season Spurs have agreed a deal with the national stadium to host all their home games for a year, starting in August.

The North Londoners had until April 30 to confirm their plans with the FA, having negotiated an extension to their original deadline so that they could be certain their future ground would be ready in time.

Friday’s announcement means that there will now be only two more games hosted at Tottenham’s home of 188 years, Sunday’s North London Derby and the visit of Manchester United on Sunday May 14.

Levy has assured fans that Spurs will say farewell to White Hart Lane in style for that finale, the start of “an incredibly exciting time in the history of our club”.

“The Lane means a huge amount to each and every one of us and we needed to gain greater certainty on the delivery of a new stadium before we made the final decision to commence with the decommissioning of our iconic, historic home for some 118 years,” he wrote.

“We shall ensure that we give the Lane a fitting farewell when we play our last match her on May 14.

“Wembley will be our home for a season and then we shall return to what will be one of the best stadiums of its kind and the most unique in the world playing host to NFL games too - a stadium that will be key to our future growth and success.

“Both on and off the pitch this in an incredibly exciting time in the history of our club.”

Spurs new 61,000-capacity stadium is set to be “the most technologically advanced” in the world and will host at least two NFL fixtures a season over 10 years.

Levy has long been convinced that the redevelopment of their stadium can help drive growth in the area and reiterated that belief on announcing news of the short-term move to Wembley.

“Our stadium scheme and associated development represent an unprecedented level of private investment in North London. It has indeed been the kick-start to regeneration that this area of London has so badly needed and it is important that we now see the momentum we have created supported and expanded. Tottenham and its diverse cultures, rocked by two riots in 30 years, deserve to see progress and change.

“We are working hard to deliver greater economic benefits to those living right on our doorstep and to create a place where local communities can study, have new homes, find work and thrive.

“I am particularly proud that this announcement comes in a week that saw yet another Jobs Fair held by the club - this time for Veterans of the Armed Forces - and that we can also mark this occasion with the announcement that we have to date delivered 1000 jobs as a result of our activities and investment.

“Post the riots in 2011 we committed ourselves to playing our part in the regeneration of Tottenham. The ripple effect from our stadium at the heart of regeneration plans across more than 120 acres is evident.

“I urge the Mayor, Transport for London and Haringey Council, to support our efforts and to provide a focus on Tottenham to ensure that this incredible opportunity that the stadium brings is maximised for future generations.”