City to play at Wembley as Spurs fail to get stadium ready

Last updated : 16 August 2018 By Michael Morris

Cardiff City's away game at Tottenham Hotspur on Sarurday October 6th, ko 3:00pm will be at Wembley Stadium.

Spurs' new White Hart Lane ground has not met safety standards and will not be ready in time.

The delay means Spurs v Liverpool and Spurs v Cardiff have to play at Wembley at the same time they would have been played at the new stadium but Tottenham's game v Man City now clashes with NFL being played at Wembley on the same day if the stadium is not ready by then leaving the club in a difficult position with the Premier League and the fans.

It's an embarrassment for the north London club who have upset their own fans, paid penalties, refunded ST rates and annoyed fans like ours who would have been making plans and looking forward to seeing the new ground.

A statement from Spurs read: “Following the release of the Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season, we announced that, barring any significant issues with the final stages of stadium completion, our match against Liverpool on 15 September would be the first match in our new stadium. Recent testing and commissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems.


“Urgent follow-up meetings with (stadium contractor) Mace and the trade contractors are now taking place. 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.

“In the meantime, therefore, our upcoming Premier League matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will be switched to Wembley, as will the NFL match scheduled for 14 October.”