Journalist Richard Keys’ remarks concerning the naming rights of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium are wide of the mark, according to the club.
The Independent report that Keys, who now works for American outlet beIN Sports, claimed that Spurs’ new home will be called the Nike Stadium.
The long-awaited move in date appears to be edging closer, with the first competitive match held in the stadium expected to be the club’s Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion on April 7.
In order for this to happen, the North London club will have to gain safety certificated from Haringey Council and plan to do this by holding a number of test events in the next month.
One of those could well be the rescheduled U18s fixture with Southampton, which will take place in the next couple of weeks,
Speaking on the television show earlier today, Keys said:
I believe I am right in saying the first league game will be played April 6th, Brighton the opposition. And that stadium I can exclusively reveal will be called ‘The Nike Stadium’.
Nike is, of course, the club’s current kit manufacturers, so have a strong affinity with the team.
The six Premier League stadiums with named sponsors
The Emirates, the home of Arsenal, was officially opened by Prince Phillip in 2006 and boasts the third largest capacity in England at 60,260.
The Gunners had previously played their football at Highbury Stadium.
The home of AFC Bournemouth was renamed in 2015 and is the Premier League’s smallest stadium with a capacity of just 11,464.
Two years ago the club confirmed they are looking to build a new stadium close to the current site.
Finished in 2011, the Amex is named after credit card company American Express.
The stadium hosted several matches in the 2015 Rugby World Cup and is home to Brighton and Hove Albion.
John Smith's Stadium
The John Smith’s is home to Huddersfield Town as well as the Huddersfield Giants, who play in the Super League.
It has had its name since 2012 and holds approximately 24,500 spectators.
King Power Stadium
King Power, a Thai Duty Free company, and Leicester City are both owned by the Srivaddhanaprabha family, hence the name of the stadium.
The Home of the Foxes is renowned for its lively atmosphere on a matchday.
The Etihad is of course home to defending Premier League champions Manchester City and was initially opened as an Athletics Stadium in 2002.
Etihad took over sponsorship rights in the summer of 2011 and look set to do so for the foreseeable future.