English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their long-awaited first game at the new stadium will take place in early April, subject to passing checks at two successful test events in the coming weeks.
The first competitive match at the new 62,000-capacity stadium will be against either Brighton or Crystal Palace in the Premier League, dependent on the former’s progress in the FA Cup.
Ahead of an official move-in date, Spurs have released details for two test events to be held at its new stadium: an under 18s match against Southampton on 24th March, before a Tottenham legends game a week later. These should serve as the prerequisites to acquiring a formal safety certificate before the club can host competitive matches.
Spurs could then play their first Premier League match at the venue against Brighton on 7th April, subject to the outcome of the Seagulls’ FA Cup quarter-final clash against Millwall on 17th March.
In a scenario where Brighton progress, Spurs have agreed to host Crystal Palace at their new stadium on 3rd April following an agreement between the clubs, the Premier League, and also Uefa, which conducted a site visit last Friday.
The current arrangement is still subject to scheduling of Spurs’ Uefa Champions League quarter-final fixtures, with a draw for the next round of Europe’s premier club competition set to take place on Friday.
The club, which defeated German side Borussia Dortmund twice in their last 16 tie, have agreed with Uefa to ensure their first home game at the new stadium is a Premier League fixture.
Spurs were due to move into their new 62,062 capacity stadium last September but were hit by a series of delays to its construction, which the club said last August was due to ‘issues with the critical safety systems’.
Tickets to Spurs’ academy match will be available to 30,000 fans via general admission and selected premium areas and have been priced at UK£5 per adult and UK£1 for over 65s and under 18s.
The legends match a week later will see the capacity increase to 45,000, with tickets priced at UK£10 per adult and UK£5 for over 65s and under 18s.
Supporters will be able to apply to attend these two test event matches via a ballot process.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: “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.”
The stadium is also set to host its first National Football Association (NFL) action later this year, the club have a ten-year deal in place for the venue to host at least two NFL matches annually which has been delayed to start with the 2019 season.