Tottenham are still waiting for a full license to open stadium next season


April 3, 2019 was a date that went down in Tottenham history. 

The club's new 62,062-seater stadium finally hosted its first Premier League game as the Lilywhites beat Crystal Palace 2-0. 

For what should have been a run-of-the-mill fixture, it was a glorious, momentous occasion with fireworks and an impressive opening ceremony to boot. 

The GoCompare man even made an appearance. 

While still in its infant stages, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium has already witnessed some pretty special moments.

There was Hugo Lloris' penalty save against Sergio Aguero in the Champions League quarter-final, and a first European semi-final since 1967 when the north Londoners welcomed Ajax. 

Daniel Levy deserves enormous credit for spearheading the project. Not only is it the biggest club stadium in London, few fans would have any argument about it being one of the best in the world. 

The delays to its opening only added to the sense of anticipation.

Spurs originally announced the stadium would be ready by September 15, when they played Liverpool, but contractors MACE weren't able to finish it off for another seven months. 

Mauricio Pochettino and his players were understandably desperate to get in there by the end of the season and fortunately, that was possible. 

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Wembley and stadium:MK are now a distant, albeit traumatic memory for the Tottenham faithful.

However, according to The Sun, Levy is now having to 'haul contractors over the coals' to get them to finish vital work that needs to be done in the summer. 

As it stands, Tottenham do not have a full safety certificate as Haringey Council only gave them a temporary license which lapsed at the end of the season.

It's thought that they made some concessions and will not be as lenient this time around.

The report claims that if the electrical and safety systems are not finished, Spurs "will not be granted a full license to open before the start of next season" and that "in its current state, Haringey will not sign off a full permit for the stadium". 


Worrying stuff indeed. A club spokesman insisted: 

“It is normal to be granted a game by game safety certificate at a new event based venue and it was always the case that we would work in this way when we first opened.

“None of the outstanding works are build related - they are related to functionality and integrating them into our building management system, all part of making this the most technologically advanced stadium around."

In the meantime, the club will have to apply to host big events on a case by case basis, including their screening of the Champions League final on June 1.

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