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Spurs confirm delayed stadium dates for City, Champions League matches

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Tottenham confirmed on Monday that plans to open their new stadium in time for a visit from Manchester City on Oct. 28 have been delayed.

The north London side released a statement, adding that the match with the reigning Premier League champions will be played at Wembley Stadium on Monday, Oct. 29 because of an NFL game scheduled for the previous day. The club's initial plans were to open the new stadium for a Sept. 15 visit from Liverpool.

Tottenham also confirmed that England's national stadium will also be the venue for the club's three Champions League group stage matches against Barcelona (Oct. 3), PSV (Nov. 6), and Inter (Nov. 28).

The club played all of their home matches at Wembley last season amid the construction of a new 62,062-seater ground at the same location as White Hart Lane.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy apologized for the delay as part of the club's statement:

Amongst the consequences of the delay have been substantial additional costs, not least of which the need for alternative venue hire, along with the inconvenience for our fans and those of our opposition.

I want to apologise once again and thank you all for your support, many of you have taken the time to write to us and commend what we are doing for the Club. When you face times like this in an organisation it's teamwork and pulling together that gets you through.

We are now being regularly updated on progress and as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors' ability to deliver against the revised schedule of works, we shall be able to issue dates for test events and the official opening game.

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