A home away from home is definitely not a bad idea as Tottenham returns to Wembley where they played all of their Premier League home games last season. The club was due to move into their new stadium in time against Liverpool but had to put those plans on hold as they announced that there were “critical safety systems issues.”
The club released a statement that read; “Following the release of the Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season, we announced that, barring any significant issues with the final stages of stadium completion, our match against Liverpool on 15 September would be the first match in our new stadium. Recent testing and commissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems.
“Urgent follow-up meetings with (stadium contractor) Mace and the trade contractors are now taking place. 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.
“In the meantime, therefore, our upcoming Premier League matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will be switched to Wembley, as will the NFL match scheduled for 14 October.”
Tottenham has already paid the Football Association to allow them to play at Wembley till the end of the year. The £1billion stadium 62000 seater stadium was an improvement meant to host NFL matches alongside football matches
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has asked for supporters to remain patient as the issues at hand are corrected before a new move-in date is announced.
“We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide,” he said in the statement.
“We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.
“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.”
Tottenham host Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, with the London derby always scheduled to take place at the national stadium.
The club has also informed UEFA that a number of their games will take place at the National Stadium. An FA official told The Sun: “Spurs have taken up the option to come to Wembley for a number of Premier League home games and the home games in the group stage of the Champions League
Spurs currently have NO venue for the October 28 Sky clash with Manchester City as the national stadium is being used again by the NFL.