Opening ceremony to take place before Crystal Palace clash
PUBLISHED: 12:30 20 March 2019
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Spurs were initially unsure when to hold the opening ceremony for their new stadium, but will do it for the curtain-raiser on April 3
Spurs have decided they will hold the opening ceremony for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, April 3 when Crystal Palace visit N17 for the first-ever Premier League game inside the venue.
Earlier this month, representatives of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust met up with representatives of the Spurs executive board and senior club staff for a scheduled ‘board to board’ meeting.
During this meeting at Lilywhite House on Tuesday, March 12, Donna-Maria Cullen, Tottenham’s executive director, was noted as saying: “The club is yet to decide which game will be the official opening ceremony. It was felt Palace midweek would present issues with fans rushing from work.”
However, since then Spurs have come to a decision and the opening ceremony will indeed take place ahead of the opening first-team fixture in the stadium.
A club statement posted on Tuesday read: “We can now confirm that the kick-off time for the opening Premier League fixture at our new stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, April 3 will be 7.45pm.
“Prior to our first match at our new home we shall hold the opening ceremony. We would ask supporters to please, therefore, make arrangements to arrive as early as possible.
“There will be much to see and enjoy throughout the new stadium and the opening ceremony will commence approximately 20-30 minutes ahead of kick-off. Further details on this will follow in due course.”
Given the touching and memorable finale the club put on at White Hart Lane with several legends entering the pitch, the opening ceremony of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one not to be missed.
Any fans unable to attend will not be able to watch the game with Palace live on television, though, with both Sky Sports and BT Sport not broadcasting the clash.
Sky Sports Premier League will instead be showing Manchester City’s league fixture at home to Cardiff City with coverage beginning at 6.45pm.
BT Sport, meanwhile, will be showing St Mirren’s Scottish Premiership home encounter with Celtic on the same evening.
When Tottenham were due to face Palace on March 17, Sky Sports were originally down to show the game live, but the south Londoners exploits in the FA Cup resulted in the match being rescheduled and it will now not be broadcast live on television.
Spurs have also revealed when their postponed home clash with Brighton & Hove Albion will be played.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team were due to welcome the Seagulls to their new stadium for what it hoped would be the opening fixture on April 7.
But Brighton’s progress through to the FA Cup semi-finals saw the match postponed and Palace have stepped in to be the first visitors to the 62,062-seater venue, which was set to open in September 2018.
Chris Hughton’s men won’t have to wait long to visit Spurs’ new home though, with the fixture now pencilled in for Tuesday, April 23 with Sky Sports still set to show the match live.