In a major setback to their plans, Tottenham Hotspur have decided to go ahead with their scheduled fixture against Manchester United on 13th January at the Wembley Stadium.
It had been expected the North London giants would be able to inaugurate their new stadium in the first week of the new year but they have already been hit with a number of delays and now a new date is set to be fixed.
The delay in the plans forced the North London giants to extend their contract with the Wembley stadium till the end of this year but given the current situation, they are now facing a race against time to open their new stadium.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy released a statement: “We are acutely conscious that we are asking fans to go to Wembley for far longer than any of us wanted to. However we are now seeing the progress that we needed to see.
“What I don’t want to do is set any firm dates until we have finally achieved a safety certificate. So many people tell me to look at other major schemes that run late and, whilst I know it happens often, we are still hugely frustrated.
“It is important, however, to recognise the sheer complexity of the scheme. It will be one of the first fully-integrated digital stadiums and will also be required to meet the latest and most stringent safety regulations.
“Once again I want to apologise to fans and to thank you for your ongoing support. We have a busy time ahead both on and off the pitch, particularly after last night’s amazing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League. What a memorable night. I should also like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families well over the festive break.”