Club has still not given new opening date for 62,000-seat ground
As Mace prepares to file a report this week on the progress of its work to complete the late-running Spurs stadium, these pictures taken last Friday show the current state of construction at the 62,000-seat ground.
In a series of before-and-after pictures below, we show the rate of construction progress since Spurs first announced its stadium would be delayed back on 13 August – 21 weeks ago.
Last month, the club said its game against Manchester United this coming Sunday was being switched to its temporary home of Wembley stadium.
The club had ringed the fixture as its opening game at the stadium after the original inaugural match, against Liverpool on 15 September, had to be put back because of safety issues.
Building revealed these centred on faulty wiring and it is understood remedial work has centred on around 12,000 fire alarms at the ground with around 400 being checked a week.
Spurs said it was due to receive a status report from its contractors the week beginning 7 January with chairman Daniel Levy promising a an “update thereafter”. Two tower cranes still remain at the site.
Last month, Uefa, European football’s governing body, told Building it was in “close contact” with the club about where its Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund on 13 February will take place. A spokesperson said a decision will be taken “before February 2019”.
The club’s next scheduled league game is against Watford on 30 January although it might be given a venue dilemma tonight if it is handed a home tie in the FA Cup – the fourth round draw takes place this evening with Spurs in the hat after the club thrashed Tranmere Rovers 7-0 on Friday night. These ties are due to be played the weekend of 26 January.
By time it plays Manchester United more than half of Spurs’ home league games this season will have been played at Wembley and last week Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock said Spurs should now be forced to play at the venue for the rest of the season to ensure fairness in the competition.
“The [Premier] league should enforce they play at Wembley for the rest of the season,” Warnock told the BBC. “There shouldn’t be any chance of an advantage for our opponents. It’s not our fault – we should have been playing at the new stadium ourselves.”