Date: 14th August 2018 at 4:11pm
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With news of further stadium delays following the redesign of White Hart Lane this summer and the potential that Tottenham Hotspur will continue to play games at Wembley Stadium into 2019, the reactions have been wide and varied on social media.

As said for me, despite knowing some won’t agree, it’s a story whipped up by the media for the typical ‘doom and gloom’ response that football fans are prone to when living in the moment. Nowt wrong with that, we all have our trigger points, this just isn’t one for me.

Safety concerns always have to win out when it comes to building work and even the best-planned projects are always subject to snagging and wriggle room and that’s only magnified when you look at building a stadium with over 1000 workers at all times beavering away on something. It’s not like we’re rebuilding a cupboard, replacing a kitchen or adding an extension!

There were some valid points made by fans though as they took to the interweb to voice their frustrations.

Communication could certainly have been better, I don’t think anyone would or could argue differently. This didn’t creep up overnight and even if some fans expected delays, it’s not for fans to expect – confirmation could’ve come earlier and had it done so, with a proper explanation, I think reactions would’ve been more tempered as the club would’ve been up front and not open to claims the tabloids forced them into admitting it.

It would’ve counted for something.


2 Replies to “Some Spurs Fans Understand, Others Fume Re Stadium News – But A Couple Of Valid Points Are Made”

  • Highly disappointing. Fans and club all have reason to feel let down by this. That said, from the off, Wembley was always the backup plan and was always required to be there in the event there were delays. Last summer it was stated, in more than one article, that, in the event there were delays, Wembley would be used and the opening delayed. Is that what anyone wanted? No. Best case scenario was always opening day (when did a construction project ever finish on the best-case scenario date?). When the PL was looking at this year’s schedule end of May, start of June, we already knew that the new destination would not be ready. We were required to have our opening at Wembley, extra away games to start and a mid-September opening with Liverpool the visitors. So, already behind it was. That had become the next, best-case scenario, prior to any of the test dates happening. Now we learn that it is not going to be ready in September and that Liverpool and Cardiff have now been moved to Wembley. Other dates may also need to be moved. Sucks to be sure.

    The stadium looks magnificent. The time lapse video for the past week clearly shows how much is being done, but also how much remains to be done. It looks a long way from being completed. Transpo, as I understand it, is even further behind. I have read many rumblings that suggest there is no way that getting in and out of the site will not be a disaster for fans. So there’s that too. Safety has to be the primary concern, for fans, the neighbourhood, for transportation, for security etc.

    In the end, it will be done as soon as it can safely and properly be opened. To think that Levy is not as disappointed as the fans is ridiculous. How much are the delays costing Spurs and ENIC? I presume we make way more if a game is held at our solely owned building than at Wembley where the National Stadium gets their cut. I’m sure steam could literally be seen coming out of Levy’s ears.

    Could communication have been better? Absolutely. Could the news have been communicated earlier? I doubt it. I’m sure that the second the decision was made, and the alternatives confirmed by all parties, the info was released. Should there have been an apology and an immediate refund/rebate/offer made to ticket holders? Without a doubt. That said (I am not a ticket holder as I am not in the UK) was this possibility covered off in the ticket purchases? Again, I don’t know. I suspect there is a clause that outlines this possibility and the rights and responsibilities of the club and the customer within that clause.

    My point here is this, the news is disappointing, and not unexpected to any who have followed this development. The stadium and all amenities (that means transit too) need to be in safe and effective working condition before the stadium is opened. Until that happens, we should enjoy the football and get behind the team, wherever they are playing. The players too are probably disappointed. Dier expressed the correct attitude the other day. The time for winning is nigh. Regardless of where we play. This squad has the ability to win. Pitter patter, let’s get at er. Fulham next.

  • Building this in the time frame was always going to be tight. Most builders run into problems on small extensions let alone one of the best Stadiums in the world. I have to say the speed this place went up is still extraordinary but are now dealing with amendments and unforeseen problems resulting from such a process. Just get it right. Real Spurs fans will be waiting and thankfull that it was sanctioned at all. When it’s up and running It will change everything

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