Tottenham delay grand opening of new stadium

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham have delayed the grand opening of their brand new 62,062 seater stadium, expressing concerns with the ‘critical safety systems’.

Spurs had already planned to play their first home fixture against Fulham at Wembley this Saturday, but they have now been forced into extending their stay at the national stadium to include fixtures against Liverpool and Cardiff too.

The Liverpool games was due to be the first match played at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, on the 15th of September, with Cardiff to follow on the 6th of October.

Not only this, but the first NFL fixture due to be played at the renovated site of the old White Hart Lane has also been moved to Wembley, to be played on the 14th of October.

Manchester City at home on the 28th of October is to be confirmed.

A club statement said on the official site read: “Recent testing and commissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems. We are reviewing the situation and planned timetable to rectify and re-test, after which we shall be in a better position to outline a revised timetable.”

Chairman, Daniel Levy added: “We know this will be disappointing for all our season ticket holders, premium members, and our fans world-wide.

“At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance.”

The extent of Tottenham’s Wembley stay is yet to be set in stone, but they will be hoping to replicate the form of last season at the national stadium to put the side in good shape for the eventual move.

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