The fixtures for Season 2018/19 have been released and the club have officially announced we will play our first home game at our new stadium on the weekend of 15/16 September 2018 against Liverpool.
There is a home fixture scheduled for the weekend of 18/19th August 2018 against Fulham and the club have confirmed that this match will be played as a home fixture at Wembley Stadium.
The clubs intention was always to seek permission to play the first few games away and in discussions with Coaching staff the preference was to break what would otherwise have been a continuous run of away games with one game at what was effectively our ‘home’ stadium last season.
The club have also announced that they are scheduling several events preceding our first Premier League game in the new stadium to check and rehearse various operational aspects.
Barring any significant issues with the final stages of stadium completion, the clubs scheduled events are proposed to take place as follows:
• 5 August – Operational test event at new stadium
• 11 August – Away to Newcastle United
• 18/19 August – Operational test event at new stadium
• 18 August – Home (Wembley Stadium) to Fulham
• 25/26 August – Operational test event at new stadium
• 25 August – Away to Manchester United
• 1 September – Away to Watford
• 1/2 September – Operational test event at new stadium
• 15 September – HOME to Liverpool – First PL game in our new stadium
Chairman Daniel Levy said : “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.
He added: “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 Matchday 4 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.
Mauricio Pochettino added : “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.”
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