Tottenham delay move to new ground over 'safety issues'
- Author: Stacy Allen Sep 04, 2018,
Sep 04, 2018, 4:02
Opened in September 1899, the first match at the Lane was a 4-1 win over Notts County, with the final game being a 2-1 victory against Manchester United.
However, recent testing has found issues regarding the critical safety systems, meaning the aforementioned fixture as well as their subsequent home match against Cardiff City, which takes place 6 October, will be played at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham said recent testing had shown up the safety system issues, which meant test events that should have taken place on August 27 and September 1 can not be held.
Five of Spurs' first seven matches were scheduled to played away from home.
A safety licence must be granted before matches can be staged and that will not happen before test events - originally slated for August 27 and September 1 but now postponed - take 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 new stadium will be an awesome venue for the National Football League and we are very excited about our long-term partnership with Tottenham Hotspur".
The NFL won't say if the 10-year contract at Tottenham only officially starts when the stadium is ready to stage games. We shall continue to work with them towards making our future games at Spurs a huge success'.