Tottenham Hotspur will not move into their new stadium until March at the earliest as delays to building work continue.
The club said it had just received a post-Christmas/New Year update from the contractors involved in the critical safety systems at the new stadium.
Spurs said in a statement that the past month has seen remedial works take place, software issues resolved and corrected safety equipment installations increase. Testing has also continued. The club added:
We are now liaising with the contractors and building control at Haringey Council to determine a schedule of commissioning, building test dates and building control sign-offs, along with formal test event dates.
Given the time required to deliver these and the test events, we can confirm that our Premier League matches against Watford (30 January), Newcastle United (2 February) and Leicester City (10 February) – and our Champions League match against Borussia Dortmund (13 February) – will take place at Wembley Stadium.
Should we continue to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup and have a home draw, this too would be played at Wembley Stadium (weekend of 16/17 February).
The 51,000 capacity cap will apply for these fixtures.
In a best case scenario, Spurs’ first home game in the new stadium would be on March 16 against Crystal Palace. A tie against arch rivals Arsenal on March 3 has been deemed too high risk to be the first match at the new venue.
Daniel Levy, Chairman, said:
I should like to apologise to our fans and thank you for your continued patience. The response from those who attended the familiarisation event was great to hear and reinforced our commitment to deliver an exceptional matchday experience for everyone. We shall now seek clarity in respect of building test schedules and test event dates and provide further information on these in the next two to three weeks.