Tottenham fans surveyed on Carabao Cup game venue amid stadium delay
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust (THST) has asked fans to take part in a survey as the club consider where they would play a third-round Carabao Cup game should they be drawn at home.
The third round will be played in the week commencing Sept. 24. Spurs' new stadium will not be ready in time and Wembley Stadium is also unavailable.
If they are drawn at home, Tottenham can apply for special dispensation from the English Football League to reverse the fixture and become the away team or to play at a neutral venue.
The THST met with the club's board and has decided to poll fans regarding their preferences.
"It's good the club is asking for fans' views in difficult circumstances, and especially good it recognises that home advantage is about a crowd, not just a ground," THST co-chair Martin Cloake told ESPN FC. "We'll be encouraging the club to keep taking all the fan perspective we feed back on board."
The survey also asks supporters whether they have attended a home League Cup match in the last three seasons and how likely they would be to follow the team to a neutral venue.
In addition, it asks fans to indicate the factors that would influence their decision to attend the match at a neutral ground, including price, date, opposition, location and transport options.
Tottenham's new stadium was originally due to open on Sept. 15 for the Premier League match against Liverpool, but it will now not be ready until late October at the earliest.
In addition to the Carabao Cup tie, it remains unclear where and when Spurs will face Manchester City for a home fixture due to be played on Oct. 28, because Wembley is hosting an NFL game on the same day.
Mark Reynolds, the chief executive of construction managers Mace, told Building that problems were discovered with the wiring for fire detection systems at the new stadium.
"Many of the outstanding external elements of the build are cosmetic and are not required for the stadium to open for the first football game," Reynolds said. "Follow-up meetings continue to take place with trade contractors where the situation and planned timetable are being reviewed to rectify and re-test. We shall then be in a better position to outline the revised timetable for opening."
The roof of the stadium should be finished by the end of the month, Reynolds said, allowing work on the wiring to resume.