Spurs' New Stadium May Not Be Ready Until 2019
Spurs may be dealt an even bigger blow in the quest to finally watch their team at their new home ground, as the opening date of 'Tottenham Hotspur Stadium' might be pushed as far as 2019.
Problems with the safety system mean that the opening date could be up to another six months.
Their opening home fixture against Fulham was supposed to be the only game they played at England's home ground, Wembley, but now the club have pushed the date back, with home matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will also be played at Wembley.
According to the Mail on Sunday, the grand opening might be as late as February.
"The critical issues include [safety] systems. Some systems are incomplete or missing and nobody knows how long it is going to be," a source told the newspaper.
"Completion could run into next year, depending on what other issues crop up. A best guess is that this delay will be between three to six months. In addition, the cost of the build has already reached £1bn and it is difficult to predict what the final bill will be. The costs keep piling up."
The Best Seat in Spurs new Stadium pic.twitter.com/Uku90n0DbR- :soccer:SARRIBALL:soccer: (@GarinCFC1905) August 14, 2018
Can't believe Spurs have delayed the new stadium just to stop us being the 1st team to ever win there. Gang of Shithouses- LFC Stanley House (@LFCStanleyHouse) August 13, 2018
Spurs budgeted their stadium at £400m. It's cost £1bn to date and still isn't finished. That's why they haven't signed anyone.- JB:tm: (@gunnerpunner) August 9, 2018
Can't even imagine how much that Spurs stadium is going to end up costing.- Charles Watts (@charles_watts) August 13, 2018
Manager Mauricio Pochettino offered his sympathy to Spurs supporters.
"We all feel disappointed with the announcement from the club. I feel so sorry for myself, for our fans, players, everyone.
"The chairman tried with the board to arrive on time, it's a massive effort, and that we cannot deliver for the Liverpool game is a massive disappointment for everyone."