The Premier League has announced today (Thursday) that Tottenham Hotspur will be allowed to play its first home match of the 2018-19 season at Wembley amid delays on the construction of the club’s new stadium, which will now host its first game in mid-September.
Tottenham’s first home match at the new stadium will be against Liverpool on September 15. Its home match against Fulham on August 18 will be played at Wembley.
Tottenham’s season begins with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11, before the Fulham game the following weekend. Further away trips to Manchester United and Watford will follow before the first international break of the season. Liverpool will then be the visitors in mid-September to open the state-of-the-art new stadium.
The club said today that it was always its intention to seek permission to play the first few matches of the season away from home.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ” I am absolutely delighted to announce the date of our first match in our new home. 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.
“We have held extensive scheduling discussions with Mace, our construction manager, and our lead sub-contractors. Our first operational test event will be held on 5 August.”
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