Tottenham Hotspur has reportedly been given a two-week deadline to decide whether its new stadium will be able to host the Premier League match against Manchester City on October 28.
Earlier this week it was revealed that the 62,000-seat stadium’s opening would be delayed due to problems with its critical safety systems. As a result, Tottenham has been forced to move home games against Liverpool on September 15 and Cardiff City on October 6 to Wembley Stadium.
The club’s next scheduled home league game after that is against Manchester City in late October. Should the new stadium not be ready by then, moving the fixture to Wembley would prove problematic as the latter venue is already due to host an NFL game on the same day.
According to The Times, the NFL has said the Manchester City game cannot be moved to October 26 due to the scale of the equipment that needs to be set up at Wembley. The newspaper reports that the League and Safety Advisory Group is seeking a solution to the problem by the end of the month.
Switching the game to City’s Etihad Stadium has also been ruled out in light of the run of home and away matches it would provide the two clubs with at the end of the season.
The Times added that London’s Twickenham Stadium is also out of the equation, with the Rugby Football Union having confirmed that the venue would not be available to host the fixture. The report also noted that West Ham United’s London Stadium is not in use on that weekend, but the club has not been asked to step in to host the match.
In other news, Tottenham has agreed a deal for Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen to become its official timing partner. The multi-year agreement will provide IWC Schaffhausen with a strong branding presence across the new stadium.
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