Tottenham stadium builders contracted until November

As each day goes past, another story hits social media about the major issues at the new Tottenham Stadium.

We blogged at the back end of July that the stadium would not be ready until October at the earliest. The blog got a lot of abuse from Tottenham fans who claimed that we were jealous, bitter, and asked how did we, as Arsenal fans, now more then them about the state of the stadium?

The truth is that it does not matter what club you support to know the state of play of a construction site if you are within the industry.

A Spurs fans at University in Reading, for example, would know less than an Arsenal fan who recruits construction workers to the Tottenham Stadium project, or a Sunderland fan who has been operating a tower crane on site for the last 2 years.

We blogged in July that the stadium would not be ready until October, but it took the club until August to release the information to the fans. Up until that point the company line was “only Fulham will be at Wembley”.

In fact, there were rumours circulating in March that the stadium would not be ready until after the second international break (October) at the earliest.

It is here where Daniel Levy needs to hang his head in shame for the way he has treated Spurs fans – which all club rivalry aside has been a disgrace.

He knew when season ticket payments were due that the stadium would not be completed before the season started. He knew that it would not be ready for Liverpool – their second home game of the season. He knew that there was a chance that the ground would not even be completed this year.

And yet he oversaw the club telling the fans a story, a fallacy, and selling the countries most expensive season tickets based on this. He took money off hard working football fans knowing what he was selling did not exist.

There have been reports that those who bought cooperate boxes are set to be refunded 50% for the 2018/19 season. Normal fans are getting a game by game refund and then having to buy tickets at Wembley. The excitement of returning to the Lane has been diminished.

Fans have been lied to, and Levy is now hiding behind “health and safety” as a justification for the stadium not being completed. To try and avoid points deductions. To prepare his defence against angry fans miss-sold season tickets.

Part of the reason is Health and Safety, but this is not the only issues. The reality is, the stadium is no where near finished.

As every day goes on, you hear more stories from more people involved in the project about problems on the stadium:

  • Slingers (operatives who direct cranes for lifting operations) refused to take work onsite.. Management were demanding slingers to undertake dangerous lifts. After a recent death in London, slingers are refusing to undertake the danger lifts. They are getting sacked. Problem is there is so much work in London, and so few slingers out of work that no one wants to work there. Lifting operations literally ground to a halt at times.
  • There was a well documented problem with the seats where 15,000 of them were injected with the wrong dye. These are still being replaced.
  • The poor weather earlier this year put the project back two weeks as they were unable to get the roof on.
  • When tested, the fire alarm system failed. The entire system requires re-wiring. As it had been plastered over and the walls finished, these need to be ripped out, re-wired and then made good. This was discovered 2 weeks ago. It is expected to take 4 months to complete.
  • The wrong lines were reportedly installed for emergency telephones; fibre optic was used instead of copper.
  • Ultimately, people just do not want to work there – it is a highly pressurised job and operatives are being coerced into working long hours. Its location is also reducing the worker pool as people will not commute. London is so busy at the moment that you can pick up 10-12 hours a day in Central London where the site is more relaxed, slower. Agencies are struggling to find anyone to fill the skills gap.

There have been plenty of reports across social media of electrical companies having their contracts extended to Christmas. Of Northern based tradesman who have been put up in digs being told to expect to still be here in 2019.

Tottenham are reportedly trying to put all the blame on Mace, hiding behind Health and Safety in order to justify playing at two home stadiums this season. But they installed themselves as Project Managers so knew every step of the way of the problems the project faced.

The truth is the stadium was never going to be ready.

When construction began, everyone in the industry knew that they were trying to complete a 30 month job in 18 months. It was always an overly ambitious deadline driven by greed.

Something like the weather early this year is not their fault, but when you are working to such a tight schedule you can not afford a 2 weeks delay.

Spurs should have been honest and realistic 12 months ago. Hired Wembley for 2 years and ensured the new ground was completed on time. Sold season tickets at Wembley and ensure the project was completed, with safety certificates, for 2019.

Instead Levy was driven by the greed – or need – for the stadium to be completed for the start of the 2018/19 season. Spurs needed the income to cover spiralling costs. The problem they now face is they do not have a stadium ready, and costs are still spiralling.

The project will end up costing over £1bn, and I would be surprised if they play at the new ground this season.


12 thoughts on “Tottenham stadium builders contracted until November

  1. Billy

    Oh no this is massive, these really are MAJOR ISSUES.. Haha it’s a couple of games let, drop your obsession and deal with the fact that our stadium is going to push you even further away from us than you already are.. Enjoy your usual Thursday night football,


    1. Howard

      Rather? We’ve always been the pace setters not Spurs. Everything that you do you have us in mind. We’ll push you back to where you belong soon, Spurs being always down there. Two years participating in CL and you’re gloating. Try and win something it’s been too long for you.


    2. Rickyftb

      Oh dear. Billy. Truth hurts, does it? Just you keep burying your head in the sand and pretending everything is ok. As for falling even further behind….just remind me how many trophies your ‘big club’ have won in the last decade? The whole country laugh at you lot. Delusions of grandeur doesn’t begin to describe you. Joke of a club.


  2. Dan

    thanks for a great article – as a Spurs fan it’s sad it takes the fan of another club to give clarity into what’s going on – but really appreciate it


  3. Spursfanlondon

    As a spurs fan that had spent just under £4k on 2 season tickets I agree it is slightly annoying.
    But have we been lied to? No I don’t think so.
    Levy has done a brilliant job. New training ground. New stadium. Amazing squad.
    Any match that we do not play at the new stadium we are refunded the costs
    What is the issue? It is a major construction programme. Yes there may be minor delays, but once opened we will forget about these teething issues.
    Best stadium in the country.
    Top 4 squad.
    Arsenal in our rear view mirror…


  4. Nevin Michael Warren

    Ricky and Howard…you are so far away from the champions league spots you are more likely to get Caught by Everton/Wolves/Burnley than catch us! The future’s bright, the future’s LILLYWHITE! 😉


    1. Rickyftb

      I’ll ask you then Nevin old chap, how many trophies in the last ten years? Parody of a club. I’ve never known a support that are so deluded. You honestly think you’re a big club. It’s hilarious. As for finishing behind you for a whole two seasons, let’s see how you cope with paying off this stadium. I can’t wait for the implosion lol. Normal service will soon be resumed. Then you can scuttle back into our shadow where you belong 😉


  5. Michael Kaldezar

    Just the sort of infantile drivel typical of gooners, as a Spurs fan and season ticket holder I am disappointed at the delays, but playing games at Wembley is not exactly a hardship and will make it even more of an event when we do return to the Lane.


    1. keenosafc Post author

      So as a Spurs season ticket holder, you are not unhappy that you were sold a season ticket for a ground that those selling the ticket knew would not be ready?



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