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Mace unable to give Tottenham stadium open date

Tottenham stadium

Mace has been unable to put a timescale on when Tottenham Hotspur’s new £800M stadium will now open, following “urgent meetings” with the club’s bosses.

The firm has admitted that it is “extremely disappointed” by the delay to the 62,000-seater stadium, however has not set a new completion date.

Instead a spokesperson for Mace said that the stadium would be opened “as soon as possible”.

A Mace spokesperson said: ”Unfortunately, our routine testing of the critical safety systems has flagged up issues that need to be addressed before the planned test events can go ahead.

“It is extremely disappointing that – as advised by the Club - a further two Premier League matches and the NFL game will now be played at Wembley, particularly for Tottenham Hotspur fans, but I am sure people will appreciate safety is our highest priority.

“The club and the construction team are working diligently to complete the iconic stadium as soon as possible.”

He added: ”Although these delays are obviously frustrating, once complete the new stadium is going to leave a fantastic, lasting legacy and will be a project everyone involved will be proud to be associated with.”

It comes after Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that matches against Liverpool (15 September), Cardiff City (6 October) and the NFL match planned for 14 October will all be moved to Wembley.

A club spokesman said: “Recent testing and commissioning 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.” 

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