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Spurs finally confirm stadium opening date

Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed that the first match at its new 62,000-seat stadium will be against either Brighton or Crystal Palace in the first week of April.

Tottenham confirmed the news on Friday evening and also announced details of two test events at the stadium later this month.

Following discussions with the Premier League and UEFA, Tottenham has reached an agreement to ensure the first official game at the stadium is a Premier League match prior to a Champions League quarter-final.

Should Brighton win its FA Cup quarter-final match this Sunday, Tottenham will play Crystal Palace at the new stadium on Wednesday, April 3 and Brighton on April 23/24.

Should Brighton lose the FA Cup match, Tottenham will play Brighton on April 6-7 (subject to Champions League scheduling) and Crystal Palace on April 23/24. Brighton will play Millwall away in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

The Champions League quarter-finals are scheduled to take place on April 9/10 and April 16/17.

Tottenham is required to hold two test event matches with increasing level of attendances to achieve a formal safety certificate for fixtures at the stadium.

The first of these events will be on Sunday, March 24 at 3pm when Tottenham’s U18s take on Southampton. The stadium will operate at a capacity of 30,000.

The following Saturday, a Tottenham Hotspur Legends match will be held at 5.30pm, with the stadium to operate at an increased capacity of 45,000.

Supporters will be able to attend these two test events through a ballot process, further details of which will be released in due course. A selection of tickets will also be made available to members of the local community on a complimentary basis.

Tottenham 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 had originally been due to host its first match in September but problems relating to its critical safety systems have pushed the opening date back.

A naming-rights partner for the venue has so far not been found and last week Tottenham moved to deny reports that it had agreed a deal with US sportswear company Nike to sponsor the venue.

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