As I’m sure you’re tired of reading by now, Tottenham announced last week that their brand new 62,000 seat stadium is to be delayed past the original grand opening date against Liverpool.
Fixtures for the foreseeable future have been moved to Wembley, where Tottenham look set to play for the second season running.
Some rumours have even thrown up February 2019 as a potential new opening date, if believed, leaving Spurs at the national stadium for another six months.
The Stadium contractors, a firm by the name of Mace, have finally broken their silence on exactly what is behind the extreme delays.
Until now, the Tottenham fans had only been told that it was an issue with the critical safety systems.
Chief executive Mark Reynolds has now revealed that the delays are down to problems discovered in the wiring for fire detection systems during testing.
Reynolds said: “Issues with critical safety systems were identified. This is linked to the fire detection contractor encountering higher than usual electrical wiring faults.
“Many of the outstanding external elements of the build are cosmetic and are not required for the stadium to open for the first football game.
“Follow up meetings continue to take place with trade contractors where the situation and planned timetable are being reviewed to rectify and re-test. We shall then be in a better position to outline the revised timetable for opening.
“[A cable net roof] requires all of the structure to be completed in order to begin.
“The roof was always scheduled as one of the last activities and is now due to be substantially complete at the end of August.”
This latest announcement goes some way to explain why a plea for ten electricians was posted on an online recruitment site in the past week.
A new opening date for the stadium has not been released to the public as of yet.
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