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Tottenham Stadium – the wait goes on

Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium won’t open in time for a match against arch rivals Arsenal on March 5.

The match has been moved to Wembley as remedial works on critical safety systems continue.

Tottenham’s next scheduled home game after the Arsenal fixture is against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, 17 March.

But that might have to be switched because it is the weekend of the FA Cup quarter-finals and Palace are still in the competition. The club said in a statement:

We can report that remedial works on the safety systems in the new stadium are near completion and we shall then move forward to the final stages of testing the fire detection and alarm system and its integration with the other safety systems.

The success of this testing is critical to our ability to obtain a safety certificate and open the stadium.

We can confirm, therefore, that we shall play our Premier League match against Arsenal on Saturday 2 March at 12.30pm at Wembley Stadium.

Daniel Levy, Chairman, added:

Once again, thank you all for bearing with us and for the great support we have received from so many different quarters. These next few weeks are pivotal.

The club will have to stage two major test events before the 62,000 seater stadium can be opened.