Delays to the opening of Tottenham Hotspur FC’s new stadium look set to continue well into the new year after January’s game against Manchester United was switched to Wembley.
Giving an update about the timeline for the project, the club said the past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems.
It said that progress has been steady and work is continuing into the integrated testing and commissioning phases that take place ahead of the application for a stadium safety certificate.
Testing is being conducted both during the day and night and contractors will continue to work during the Christmas period. Barring no further significant issues the club said it should then be in a position to schedule Test Events.
Spurs said it would receive a status report from contractors in the week commencing 7 January 2019. Chairman Daniel Levy said:
We are acutely conscious that we are asking fans to go to Wembley for far longer than any of us wanted to. However, we are now seeing the progress that we needed to see.
What I don’t want to do is set any firm dates until we have finally achieved a safety certificate. So many people tell me to look at other major schemes that run late and, whilst I know it happens often, we are still hugely frustrated.
He said It was important, however, to recognise the sheer complexity of the scheme. Levy added:
It will be one of the first fully-integrated digital stadiums and will also be required to meet the latest and most stringent safety regulations.
Once again I want to apologise to fans and to thank you for your ongoing support. We have a busy time ahead both on and off the pitch, particularly after our amazing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League. What a memorable night.