Tottenham Hotspur have have confirmed that their planned stadium move has been delayed by at least another month and have angered fans by pushing back their first fixture at the club’s new stadium.
Delays have forced the club to push back the first game in their new £1bn stadium and have reportedly made a secret payment to the Football Association that will allow them to play home matches at Wembley Stadium for the remainder of the year.
Tottenham’s upcoming Premier League matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will be switched to Wembley, the club has announced.
The statement reads: “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.”
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide. 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.”
Mark Waller, NFL Executive Vice-President, International, said: “Everyone has been so excited about the prospect of playing in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and I know all at the Club are very disappointed, but determined to clear this final hurdle. We totally understand the issue. We shall continue to work with them towards making our future games at Spurs a huge success. The new stadium will be an amazing venue for the NFL and we are very excited about our long-term partnership with Tottenham Hotspur.”
This delay will come as a great inconvenience for many supporters, some of whom have already booked flights and accommodation for the previously advertised stadium opener.