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Spur’s new Stadium to host first game in April

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their new stadium will host its first Premier League game in the first week of April.

The club claim the first opponent in the new 62,000-capacity ground will be confirmed after Brighton’s FA Cup quarter-final against Millwall on March 17.

Reports earlier in the campaign were disturbing to some section of Spurs fans who felt the stadium would not host a match at all during this campaign due to delays in the project.

Spurs will host two test events in late March to gain a safety certificate, after which they will play their first game on the new turf.

The test events at the new stadium will see Tottenham Under-18s play Southampton on March 24 before a Legends match on March 30.

A Tottenham statement said: “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.

“If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17th March we shall play Crystal Palace on Wednesday 3rd April and Brighton on 23rd/24th April.

“If Brighton lose their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17th March we shall play Brighton on 6th/7th April (subject to Champions League scheduling) and Crystal Palace on 23rd/24th April.”

The Champions League quarter-finals will be staged in the arena on either of these dates April 9/10 and 16/17 after Spurs eliminated Bundesliga giants 4-0 on aggregate.

The stadium will operate with a capacity of 30,000 for the under-18s match and 45,000 for the Legends match.

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