Report: Levy left fuming as Spurs may not be able to play at the new stadium next season

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur were forced to endure an up and down 18 months at Wembley as their new stadium was being built over the past two seasons, but they are finally well and truly home.

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been a big hit among both Spurs fans and the wider footballing community, and the club already have some memorable fixtures under their belts.

Beating Man City 1-0 in the Champions League quarter-final for one will be a memory that many Spurs fans cherish, as it set up their route to the final.

However, according to a report by the Sun, Tottenham may be at risk of not being allowed to play at their new 62,000 plus seat ground next season.

Spurs were apparently only granted a permit to play games there on a temporary basis by Haringey Council, and will have to complete vital electrical and safety system work over the summer in order to meet regulations for the new season.

The Sun add that Daniel Levy has laid into the stadium contractors over the last two weeks, demanding that they finally get the job done, after the project was supposed to be completed in September 2018.

 

The club are currently operating on an event to event basis, including the planned screening for the Champions League final.

A club spokesperson told the Sun: “It is normal to be granted a game by game safety certificate at a new event-based venue and it was always the case that we would work in this way when we first opened.

“This gives the local authority time to work with the Club to review safety procedures and crowd flows.

“None of the outstanding works are build related – they are related to functionality and integrating them into our building management system, all part of making this the most technologically advanced stadium around.

“The trade teams along with our stadium ops team have met with the Chairman every Tuesday for the last three years.

“The desire now is to finish out the integration works in order to secure a permanent safety certificate. It does not impact, in any way, our ability to host events.”

Haringey Council added: “Tottenham Hotspur have been issued with a temporary safety certificate until the end of the season. This is common when a new venue opens.

“The situation will be reviewed by the Safety Advisory Group during the summer. A temporary certificate would not have been issued if there were safety concerns.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

It seems as if the problem is under control, but it certainly isn’t an ideal scenario for Tottenham and Daniel Levy. The chairman doesn’t sound too impressed with the contractors, who have been behind schedule from the get-go.

Hopefully, Spurs can get this sorted and put it behind them in time to start the new season, as the last thing they need is another disrupted campaign. It will be nice to see a settled Tottenham squad in a home stadium for a full season for the first time in two campaigns.

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