Mace, the firm that are contracted to carry out the building work of Tottenham’s new stadium say that the delays are due to faulty wiring in the new stadium. Earlier this month, Tottenham announced that the highly anticipated opening of their new 62,000 seat stadium has been put back until at least the end of October. Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds told that the critical safety systems were “linked to the fire detection contractor that detected higher than usual electrical wiring faults”.
Tottenham have made a secret payment to the FA to play at Wembley until the end of the year because of constructions concerns at their new stadium.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) August 13, 2018
Since announcing the delay on August 13th, Tottenham haven’t yet announced an update on their new stadium. However, pictures on social media suggest that the stadium is far from completion. Reynold’s says that the pictures are misleading and that most of the outstanding elements are cosmetic and are not needed for the stadium to open for its first football game. Reynold’s says, “Follow up meetings continue to take place with trade contractors where the situation and planned timetable are being reviewed to rectify and re-test. We shall then be in a better position to outline the revised timetable for the opening.”
When the Tottenham hotspur guides show you the trophy room during a stadium tour… pic.twitter.com/PzMYyeePwY
— #14 (@ThierryyHenry) August 23, 2018
Spurs were supposed to play their first match in their new stadium against Liverpool on the 15th of September after a few pre-tests before the game. However, there is no certainty as there were numerous other reports suggesting that their game against Liverpool too will be played at Wembley after there are no promises on when their new stadium will be ready for use. There is also a major doubt if the stadium will be ready to host Pep Guardiola’s champions, Manchester City at the end of October, a game that promises to be a blockbuster. The NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders that was scheduled to take place on the 14th of October is also shifted to Wembley. As things stand, Tottenham fans will have to wait a little more to watch their stars perform on their new home turf.