Spurs release further update on the new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have released a further update on the latest happenings with the new stadium.

A statement was released this afternoon on the official Spurs site confirming that the upcoming Premier League fixture against Manchester United on Sunday January 13th 2019 will be held at Wembley Stadium, there is no doubt that the football betting market will think that Tottenham’s chances of winning will increase.

The club must first hold two test events at the new stadium before they are granted a safety certificate to be able to hold full capacity, competitive football matches at the new 62,062 seater stadium.

A further update is expected when the stadium’s contractors provide the club with a status report during the week commencing January 7th and have promised to in turn update supporters once they have received the report.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy admitted in a statement that he is reluctant at this stage to set any firm dates for the stadium until they have managed to achieve the safety certificate.

There will be no test events held at the stadium before Christmas.

A statement read: “As promised we wanted to update you, our supporters, on the status of the new stadium.

“The past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems. We are pleased to report that progress has been steady and we are now into the integrated testing and commissioning phases that take place ahead of the application for a stadium safety certificate.

“Testing is being conducted both during the day and night and our contractors will continue to work during the Christmas period. Barring no further significant issues we should then be in a position to schedule Test Events.

“This does mean therefore that we need to confirm that our Premier League home game against Manchester United will take place at Wembley.

“We shall receive a status report from our contractors in the week commencing 7 January 2019 and will update you thereafter.”

Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “We are acutely conscious that we are asking fans to go to Wembley for far longer than any of us wanted to. However we are now seeing the progress that we needed to see.

“What I don’t want to do is set any firm dates until we have finally achieved a safety certificate. So many people tell me to look at other major schemes that run late and, whilst I know it happens often, we are still hugely frustrated.

“It is important, however, to recognise the sheer complexity of the scheme. It will be one of the first fully-integrated digital stadiums and will also be required to meet the latest and most stringent safety regulations.

“Once again I want to apologise to fans and to thank you for your ongoing support. We have a busy time ahead both on and off the pitch, particularly after last night’s amazing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League. What a memorable night. I should also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families well over the festive break.”

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