Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham Hotspur fans: New stadium will be worth the wait with date of opening fixture revealed
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 June 2018
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Spurs will do three testing events during August and September before playing their first match at their new home venue on September 15-16
Mauricio Pochettino has promised Spurs supporters the new stadium will be worth the wait after the club revealed the first match at their 62,062-seater venue will be against Liverpool on the weekend of September 15-16.
This morning the fixtures for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign were announced and it gave fans the chance to find out when Tottenham Hotspur would return back to N17.
When the games were revealed at 9am there was still some confusion over when Spurs would play in their new stadium.
It has now been confirmed the club will host Fulham on the weekend of August 18-19 at Wembley before entertaining Liverpool a month later in N17.
Tottenham were due to have a home game with Watford on the weekend of September 1-2, but the Hornets agreed to switch the fixture and the game will be played at Vicarage Road.
Mauricio Pochettino told the official club website: “We are so excited to have the date of the first Premier League match at our new stadium.
“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.
“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.”
Chairman Daniel Levy thanked the Premier League and Watford for allowing the club to switch the fixture on match day four.
Tottenham also revealed the dates for when testing events will take place at the new stadium with the first on August 5, the second on the weekend of August 18-19 and the third and final event on the weekend of September 1-2.
Levy added: “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 match day four 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.”