Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed its new £850m stadium will not open until 2019.
In a statement released to supporters this evening, the club did not provide a definite opening date but said all its fixtures up until its game against Wolves on 29 December would be held at Wembley.
The club also promised to update supporters on the stadium’s progress in “early December”.
Spurs added that the key contractors involved in the mechanical, electrical and safety systems were being supported with external resources and closely monitored by its construction manager Mace.
Last month, CN exclusively revealed that insiders on the project believed the scheme was headed for a January finish.
The sources added that they would not be surprised if the club “wrote off the season”, playing the remainder of the team’s 2018/19 fixtures at other venues in anticipation of a summer completion date.
Insiders told CN the club was pushing for a December completion date, but that this target was “optimistic”, despite certain areas being handed over to the club.
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Tottenham Hotspur 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.”
Mr Levy added that the restricted availability of manpower over the festive period was a factor in the decision.
“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,” he said.
“We have not stood still while work on the critical safety systems has been happening and we have sought to use the time to bring forward future works.
Mr Levy said the delay to the stadium had allowed for improvements to local transport infrastructure.
“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,” he said.
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