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Spurs vs Arsenal moves to Wembley as stadium date slips again

Tottenham Hotspur FC has confirmed its new stadium will not be ready for the beginning of March.

The club said remedial work on its fire safety system was still under way but “near completion”. This has prevented final testing of the vital system in the £850m stadium.

As a result, its North London Derby clash against Arsenal on Saturday 2 March will be played at Wembley .

Unlike previous updates the club did not write off the entire month, however.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said the next few weeks were “pivotal” and more updates on the stadium would be provided in due course.

In its last update issued at the start of January, the club said it would play all its February home games at Wembley, but made no mention of the March fixtures.

The club’s next home game after the Arsenal fixture is on Sunday 17 March against Crystal Palace, although it could be postponed if the south London team progresses in the FA Cup.

In November the club reached an agreement to use Wembley for all its 2018/19 season fixtures if delays to its new stadium continued.

Project insiders told Construction News in September they would not be surprised if the club played the remainder of its 2018/19 fixtures at other venues in anticipation of a summer completion date.

A recent analysis by CN found that the timeframe for the Spurs stadium was much shorter than the time taken to build other major stadiums over the past 20 years.

Last month CN exclusively revealed that construction manager Mace had so far received £100m for its work on the stadium.

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