The first competitive match at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium will either be against Brighton or Crystal Palace in the first week of April.
The news was announced in an official statement from the club on Friday night, which also detailed plans for two test events at the new stadium.
The full statement reads:
We are delighted to now be able to announce details for our two Test Event matches at our new stadium.
In order to achieve a formal safety certificate for fixtures to be held at the new stadium, we are required to hold two Test Event matches with increasing levels of attendances.
The two matches we have scheduled will provide an exciting opportunity to see the new stadium, support our lads in the Academy, watch our Legends take to the pitch and familiarise yourself with your matchday route. We shall also use these Test Events as an opportunity to thank our neighbours and local groups.
In respect of our opening game, this is subject to both a safety certificate and the outcome of Brighton & Hove Albion’s FA Cup match on Sunday 17 March.
We have held discussions with the Premier League and UEFA. The following has been agreed with the Premier League, Brighton and Crystal Palace to ensure that our first game is a Premier League match prior to a UEFA Champions League quarter-final match:
The first Premier League fixture at the new stadium will either be against Crystal Palace on 3rd April 2019 or against Brighton on the weekend of the 6th and 7th April. This depends on how Brighton fare against Millwall in the FA Cup quarter-final which takes place on 17th March.
It is, therefore, a possibility that the first match at the new stadium will be against the side managed by former Spurs defender Chris Hughton, who spent thirteen years at the club.
The news also means that the home leg of Spurs’ Champions League quarter-final will take place at the new stadium. The draw for that will be made on Friday 15th March and the two quarter-final matches will take place on the 9th-10th or 16th- 17th April.
Test Events Announced
In the same statement, the club announced the details of two test events which will take place at the new stadium.
Sunday 24 March – Test Event Match One – Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, U18 Premier League Match, kick-off 3 pm – Capacity circa 30,000 general admission and selected premium areas
Saturday 30 March – Test Event Match Two – Tottenham Hotspur Legends match, kick-off 5.30pm – Capacity circa 45,000 general admission and all premium areas
Supporters will be able to apply to attend these two Test Event Matches via a ballot process. Further details of these will follow in due course. Premium members will be contacted separately with the ticketing arrangements for these events. Priority for both events will be given to Season Ticket Holders and Executive members, followed by One Hotspur + and then One Hotspur members. In the unlikely event that any tickets remain after these groups have been allocated, a General Sale of tickets will take place.
These will be ticketed events to test ticketing systems and card activations. Net proceeds will go to the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation. (Tottenham Hotspur Official)
Chairman Daniel Levy also added:
“We are delighted that we shall be able to welcome our supporters to the stadium and our players of the past and the future to take to the pitch on what will be momentous occasions for our Club.
“Please do come and see your new stadium and share these moments.
“Thank you all once again. Your support has been much appreciated during a challenging but exciting time.” (Tottenham Hotspur Official)
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