Further delays on the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium

Spurs have announced today further delays to the opening of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

Tottenham had recently announced a delay and rearranged the initial opening fixture on 15 September versus Liverpool, to be played now at Wembley.

Because of the delays, UEFA asked Spurs to make guarantees for all their Champions League home group stage fixtures.

Spurs couldn’t guarantee that the stadium would be ready for their opening Champions League home tie against Barcelona on 3 October, so were forced to rearrange all their home Champions League group stage fixtures, to be played at Wembley.

Spurs move Man City fixture

Further to that, Spurs have made another announcement that their Premier League fixture against Manchester City will now be played a day later, on Monday 29 October, and also now at Wembley.

The amended day due to an NFL match being played at Wembley on the original Sunday.

Spurs have had to consider travelling fans and their commitments to pre-arrange travel and accommodation. So although the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium may be ready in time, they aren’t able to guarantee it.

The club statement reads:

We should like to apologise to both our and Manchester City fans for this fixture having to be moved to a weekday evening and any inconvenience caused,” a Spurs club statement read.

“Despite the possibility that our new stadium could be ready to host this match, this would not be known until much closer to the date of the game.

“We have therefore agreed with the Premier League that, in the interests of clarity and certainty, we shall confirm this game as taking place at this time at Wembley Stadium so that fans of both teams can now make travel arrangements accordingly.

Why is the Tottenham Hotspur stadium delayed?

The delays are apparently due to “safety issues” in and around the new stadium.

In the club statement spurs said:

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.

“The delays created by these difficulties mean that we can no longer hold the necessary test events on 27 August and 1 September. These will need to be rescheduled to take place ahead of any first official match at the new stadium in order to achieve the safety licence.

What’s the first fixture to be played at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium?

Subject to further delays, Tottenham will host Chelsea on Saturday 24 November at 5:30pm BST, which you can watch live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport 4K UHD.