Spurs' new stadium to open with Liverpool clash

Tottenham Hotspur will begin next season with a home game at Wembley
Tottenham Hotspur will begin next season with a home game at Wembley

Spurs have announced that the first game in their new stadium will be against Liverpool.

Although Spurs’ first home game is scheduled to take place against Fulham on the second weekend of the season, the club have said that that fixture will be played at Wembley, where they were based last season.

There was an expectation that Spurs would start the season with three successive away games, to allow construction to finish and test events to be held.

However, in a statement on their website, they have revealed that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff did not think that would be beneficial, and preferred to return to their temporary home for the fixture.

The fourth game of the season was scheduled to be at home to Watford, but that has been reversed and will take place at Vicarage Road.

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It means that the first game at the 60,000 seater venue is scheduled to be on the weekend of September 15/16, as long as there are not significant issues during the final months of construction.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who signed a five-year deal earlier this summer, is pleased that his side will not start the season with a lengthy road trip.

“We discussed the timings and the ability to play away games and I think it is a good solution to have an earlier home game,” he said.

“Wembley was great for us last season and we are even more used to that than we are the new stadium. We are excited about the season ahead and making the new stadium our new home.

“I have stood inside the bowl and I know the atmosphere will be unbelievable – it will be well worth the wait.”

Levy, meanwhile, praised the Premier League for their cooperation on the issue.

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“I am absolutely delighted to announce the date of our first match in our new home,” he added. “Our fans have been hugely supportive and this has been much appreciated during a challenging but momentous time.

“I should also like to thank Richard Scudamore and the Board of the Premier League for having regard to exceptional circumstances, along with the Board of Watford for agreeing to reverse our fixture on Matchday 4 to an away game.

“We had always intended to request a few games away at the start of the season. The Coaching staff were keen to place a home game within the early fixtures so we shall have one home game at Wembley.”


 

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