Tottenham Hotspur FC will not be moving into its new stadium until January 2019 at the earliest.
Spurs confirmed that the club will play its remaining fixtures of 2018 at Wembley Stadium.
The club said in a statement that since last providing an update on the progress of the new stadium on 3 September, 2018, it has been working hard with the contractors involved in the critical safety systems.
Key contractors involved in the mechanical, electrical and safety systems are being supported with external resources and closely monitored by construction manager, Mace.
Chairman Daniel Levy said:
There isn’t an hour that goes by when I am not asked when we will be able to stage our first game at our new home.
I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture. However, in light of factors completely outside of our control, contractors missing deadlines and possible future unforeseen issues, we are naturally being cautious in respect of our timetable for our test events and official opening game.
Whilst we are conscious of the need to keep pressure on our contractors to deliver as soon as possible, we are also acutely aware of how difficult the lack of clarity is for you, our supporters, to plan around games, particularly those at Christmas and New Year.
In light of the above, and taking into account the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period, we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.
He said the continued delay is a source of immense disappointment to everyone, adding that the delay in the stadium opening has made it possible for some track and station improvements to be brought forward due to the fact that previously non-available construction dates have become available for works. Levy added:
We are experiencing frustrating times – however every now and then someone reminds us of just what we have undertaken and achieved to date – and what this stadium will be like for generations to come – and that keeps us going. Thank you to all who have sent messages of encouragement. It is much appreciated by those involved in this challenging project.
This is a stadium for another century and a few months’ delay will hopefully soon be forgotten when we proudly return home. Your continued patience, understanding and, above all, support for the First Team is invaluable.
None of what we have achieved and are looking to achieve would be possible without you, our fans, and your immense loyalty. Thank you.