The one missing piece of info from the official stadium delay announcement

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Just hours ago, Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that they have delayed the opening of our new stadium because of “issues with the critical safety systems” but there was one major piece of information missing from the statement which was released.

We had been expected to play our first game at the new stadium on 15 September against Liverpool but that match has now been switched to Wembley.

The next home game against Cardiff City on 6 October has also been moved to the national stadium.

A venue for their Premier League game against Manchester City on 28 October is currently ‘to be confirmed’ by the club.

What is the missing information?

The club failed to reference the fact that the above dates fall within the commencement of the Champions League group stages, which mean that some of these fixtures are also expected to be played at Wembley.  An oversight, perhaps?

Thankfully Uefa has no hard and fast rules about playing every European match at the same venue.

What are the Champions League fixture dates?

18/19 September: Group stage, matchday one

2/3 October: Group stage, matchday two
23/24 October: Group stage, matchday three

6/7 November: Group stage, matchday four
27/28 November: Group stage, matchday five

11/12 December: Group stage, matchday six

Should Tottenham manage to progress out of the group stage, the round of 16 will take place on the following dates.

12/13/19/20 February: Round of 16, first leg

5/6/12/13 March: Round of 16, second leg

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  1. They did reference it …”Both domestic and European cup game venues will be determined following discussions with the relevant organising bodies.””


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