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Mace faces showdown with Tottenham over stadium delay

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Mace bosses have been hauled in for “urgent meetings” with Tottenham Hotspur representatives after revealing that its new £800M stadium will not open on time.

A statement from the Premier League club confirmed that next month’s opening date will be delayed due to safety issues with the stadium.

The club has now activated a clause in its contract with Wembley Stadium which allows it to play all remaining home games for 2018 at the national stadium.

However, Tottenham has so far only confirmed that matches against Liverpool (15 September), Cardiff City (6 October) and the NFL match planned for 14 October will be moved to Wembley.

Mace and the club will now draw up a timetable for rectifying and re-testing issues found at the stadium.

Safety events due to take place over the last week of August have now been postponed.

A club spokesman said: “Recent testing and commmissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems.

“We are reviewing the situation and planned timetable to rectify and re-test, after which we shall be in a better position to outline a revised timetable.

“The delays created by these difficulties mean that we can no longer hold the necessary test events on 27 August and 1 September. These will need to be rescheduled to take place ahead of any first official match at the new stadium in order to achieve the safety licence.”

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy added: “We know this will be disappointing for all our season-ticket holders, premium members and our fans worldwide.

“We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.”

Mace has yet to comment. 

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