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Tottenham Postpone New Stadium Opening

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Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur have postponed the opening of their new stadium indefinitely due to  “issues with the critical safety systems”.

They had initially scheduled to play their first game at the new White Hart Lane Stadium against fellow title rivals Liverpool on September 15 but that game has now been moved to the Wembley Stadium.

The North London giants played all their home games at the national stadium last season.

With the new development, some games initially expected to hold at the new 62,062-seater have also been moved to the Wembley Stadium.

The following home game against Cardiff City (after the Liverpool match) on October 6 was affected alongside the NFL clash between Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders on October 14.

The venue for the October 23 Premier League clash with champions Manchester City is yet to be decided.

It’s the club’s next home game in the league after the Cardiff City duel.

The indefinite postponement was conveyed in a club statement released on Monday night.

The statement read: “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 chairman Daniel Levy added: “We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide.

“At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance.” He concluded.

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