Tottenham has announced that delays to construction of its new stadium will postpone the club’s move and therefore will cause Spurs to continue playing at Wembley for the foreseeable future.
Originally, Spurs had been readying a move to the new stadium in time for the club’s match against Liverpool on September 15. However, due to “issues with critical safety systems,” the original timetable has been wiped, and no new set schedule has been released. The release announced that the Liverpool match as well as the match against Cardiff City on October 6 have been moved to Wembley, as has the NFL game between the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders on October 14.
The release also listed the home match against Manchester City on October 28 as “Venue TBD.”
“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 club announced in the official release.
While nothing regarding Champions League was officially announced in the release, reports circulated in England hours before the official release stating that Spurs has triggered an option in their contract with Wembley to reserve dates for European competition. Later, an FA spokesperson confirmed the reports, saying, “Tottenham Hotspur have the option to play a small number of Premier League and UEFA Champions League group stage home matches at Wembley Stadium, but their intention is not to.”
Spurs’ first Champions League group stage match will be on either September 18 or 19, and given the dates of the games moved, it seems a virtual certainty that, if home, those games would be moved to Wembley.