Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly called on contractors at the club’s new stadium to finish important work to ensure that it receives the necessary safety certificate to stage matches next season.
The Premier League club’s new 62,000-seat stadium finally opened in April following months of delays amid problems with its critical safety systems. Tottenham received temporary clearance from Haringey Council to play matches at the ground until the end of the 2018-19 season but still requires a permanent safety certificate.
Some electrical and safety-system work is still required for the stadium to be granted a full license to open for next season, and The Sun has reported that Levy has “torn into” contractors to ensure the work is carried out on time.
The newspaper said Levy made his thoughts clear to contractors during a meeting within the last two weeks, with Haringey Council said to be unlikely to grant a full permit for the stadium in its current state.
A club spokesperson told The Sun: “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.
“This gives the local authority time to work with the club to review safety procedures and crowd flows. 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.”
Haringey Council also moved to allay fears, stating that a temporary certificate would not have been awarded if there were any concerns over safety.