When is the Spurs stadium due to open? Building reveals what we know about the Tottenham stadium delay, two months after it was due to open
Two months after Spurs’ stadium was due to open there is still no clear picture of when the new facility is likely to open.
With the club pushing contractor Mace to complete the job ahead of its 13 January match against Manchester United, there are plenty of questions around how and why the stadium is not finished yet.
Take a look at what we know so far.
When was the stadium due to open?
The stadium was originally due to open for Spurs’ first home game of the year against Liverpool on 15 September. But on 13 August, the club announced that the facility would not be ready for the match.
Who’s to blame for the delay?
On the 22 August Mace blamed the delay on faulty wiring, with chief executive Mark Reynolds telling Building the firm had discovered problems with the wiring for fire detection systems during commissioning and testing work. In an update to fans on 9 October, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said the delay was due to “several contractors”.
Building understands that around 12,000 fire alarms are having to be checked with 2,000 workers still on site.
How the delay has unfolded
13 August: Spurs announce stadium will miss its opening league game against Liverpool in September
22 August: Mace says faulty wiring behind the delay
3 September: Club says home Champions League games will be played at its temporary Wembley Stadium home. Spurs also announce home league game against Manchester City will be played at Wembley and moved back a day to 29 October
15 September: Original date of stadium opening against Liverpool. Spurs play game at Wembley instead and lose 2-1
1 October: Pitch begins to be laid at new ground
9 October: Club chairman Daniel Levy tells supporters group delay down to “several contractors” and costs on job have “definitely risen”
17 October: As delay drags on into second month, Mace says construction management route was “only viable” one to build the new Tottenham stadium. It originally won the job under a fixed-price deal
26 October: Club says first game at new ground will now be in 2019
11 November: Spurs strikes deal to use Wembley stadium for the rest of the season as a fallback in case of more delays
12 November: Building reports that club targeting game on 13 January against Manchester United as its first at new ground
21 November: Wembley stadium reveals more details of Spurs’ contingency plans in case the stadium is not ready on time
How much is it all going to cost?
The stadium was originally expected to cost around £400m. On 9 October, Levy admitted the costs of the 62,000-seat stadium “had definitely risen”. There is now speculation that the price tag of the north London ground is now north of £800m and closer to £875m.
When is the stadium now due to open?
That’s the million-dollar question. Daniel Levy himself has admitted he doesn’t know. “I wish I was able to confirm an exact opening date and fixture,” he told fans at the end October. “We shall look to update you again in early December.”
For the moment, the best guess is that the club is aiming to be ready for Manchester United on 13 January with some reports last week suggesting a second opening date has been ringed – its game against north London rivals Arsenal on 2 March.
What is known is that, by the end of the year, nine of its 19 home league will have been played at Wembley.
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