Palace set to be first visitors to new Tottenham stadium
PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 March 2019
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Brighton & Hove Albion's FA Cup win on Sunday means Spurs' new home is now scheduled to open on April 3
It took longer than expected, but Tottenham Hotspur finally discovered who would be the first visitors to their new 62,062-seater stadium following a thrilling FA Cup quarter-final clash between Millwall and Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.
After Chris Hughton’s Seagulls had claimed a shoot-out win at the Den, it meant they will not be the first side to take on Spurs in their new home.
Crystal Palace will now be the first visitors for a curtain-raiser which will take place on Wednesday, April 3.
Tottenham were informed by UEFA should they wish to use the stadium to host their Champions League quarter-final home tie, they will have to host a league fixture at the venue beforehand.
Spurs therefore came up with two scenarios with Brighton and Palace kindly cooperating to aid the club’s hopes of hosting a last-eight European clash there.
Hughton would have been the first away manager to visit the new stadium had his side lost to Millwall yesterday and 2-0 down with 11 minutes left, it seemed that would be the case.
However, Brighton produced a stunning fightback before winning on penalties to book a spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
It means instead of the stadium opening on the weekend of April 6-7, it will now be opening on a midweek day.
A positive for Tottenham is they will have nearly a full week to prepare to take on Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
After the visit of Palace on April 3, Spurs will next be in action at home to Premier League rivals City on Tuesday, April 9.
The Lilywhites will only play in their new stadium should the two test events this month go by smoothly and they then receive the required safety certificates as a result.
On Sunday, Tottenham’s under-18s will take on Southampton in a league match with a crowd of 30,000 expected for the first test event.
Then on Saturday, March 30 a Spurs Legends team will take on Inter Milan Legends in front of a capacity crowd of 45,000 before the opening first-team fixture against Crystal Palace days later.