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Spurs to stay at Wembley until at least end of February

Spurs have an agreement to stay at Wembley as wait for their new stadium rumbles on. Credit: PA

Tottenham have announced they will stay at Wembley until at least the end of February as their wait to move into their new stadium goes on.

Spurs' Premier League home games with Watford, Newcastle and Leicester will all be at the national stadium as the finishing touches are put on their new 62,000-seater home.

The Champions League last-16 home leg with Borussia Dortmund on February 13 will also be at Wembley.

Chairman Daniel Levy has apologised to fans and hopes to provide a further update in the next few weeks.

The club, who have also said a potential FA Cup fifth-round home draw would be at the national stadium, are working with contractors and Haringey Council to determine a schedule for further testing and sign-offs, including the official test events.

They are confident that they will move into their own ground this season, with the home game against Crystal Palace in the middle of March a potential date.

Levy said: "I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience.

"The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional match-day experience for everyone.

"We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks."

Spurs were originally due to move into their new home for the start of the new season before putting that back to September.

They have an agreement with Wembley to stay there for the rest of the campaign if necessary.

Wembley and Tottenham to share four NFL games in 2019

The NFL will return to England next year to host four games at two locations - with Tottenham's new ground joining Wembley Stadium as a venue. Credit: PA

The NFL will return to England next year to host four games at two locations - with Tottenham's new ground joining Wembley Stadium as a venue for the latest London Games Series fixtures.

Wembley was sold out for the past three weekends as the NFL brought American Football across the Atlantic for the 12th year in a row.

The last of those matches saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-18 in front of 85,870 fans at Wembley - a record for the London Games Series.

In 2019, the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is due to host two matches, with the other two at Wembley.

Delays to Tottenham's new home led to NFL fixtures this year being shifted back to the national stadium, which is also hosting Spurs until they move into their ground.

The Eagles' victory on Sunday came just 24 hours before Tottenham hosted Manchester City in a Premier League game.

The pitch was worn with the gridiron markings for the NFL games still clearly visible as City won 1-0 courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez goal.

The fixtures for 2019 have yet to be announced but it will take the number of regular-season NFL matches played in London up to 28.


Joshua commits to Wembley for next two fights

Joshua returns to Wembley stadium after two successful title defences in Cardiff. Credit: PA

Unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will stage his next two fights at Wembley Stadium with a defence of his IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO belts taking place in September.

Joshua has a history of selling out huge fights with the 28-year-old setting a post-war attendance record of 90,000 at Wembley for his 11th-round stoppage of Wladimir Klitschko in April 2017.

He has since twice filled Principality Stadium in Cardiff twice, defending his belts against Carlos Takam in October before unifying the division by taking Joseph Parker's WBO belt in March with the two events in the Welsh capital pulling in over 150,000 fans.

"I am returning to Wembley after two mega fights in Cardiff," said Joshua, announcing his September 22 return to the capital.

"Being north London born and raised it is in my blood. The opportunity to fight in such an iconic stadium is normally a once in career opportunity, so to be given the chance to fight there again is amazing. Wembley just added a fourth lion to the den."

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