Spurs to hold August “test event” at new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

According to The Independent Spurs have scheduled a test event for the new stadium in August, however face the growing possibility of playing some home games at Wembley next season.

The article says the club have delayed informing the Football Association whether they want to use Wembley again for part of next season with a final decision now expected after the Premier League fixtures are published on June 14th.

Spurs will also have a clearer idea of their fixture schedule and the article adds that we will already be granted a run of away matches to kick off the new campaign, as happened with West Ham United in 2016-17 and Liverpool in 2017-18, however it adds that the club may also have to ask the Premier League for special dispensation to use two stadiums depending on when our new one is finished.

The article goes on to say that Spurs are expected to hold a first test event as an opening training session, with around 30,000 fans attending however they will have to hold another closer to the 61,500 capacity before playing a first official match there in order to gain a safety certificate.

In an ideal world the article says Spurs will move into their new home after the international break in mid-September but it does add that there are growing concerns that the stadium is running behind schedule and that timetable will slip, opening up the possibility of having to use Wembley. They will, at least, play their first four league games away from home.

It goes on to say that the Premier League is likely to be sympathetic to Spurs’ case despite the rule that a club should not use two stadiums as home grounds but this is open to appeal and a special dispensation can be granted by the Premier League board if Spurs make such an application.

Daniel Levy has repeatedly stated on a number of occasions the ground, built on land adjoining their previous home at White Hart Lane, will be ready to use next season and an NFL game is scheduled there for October 14th

However according to the piece It remains to be seen whether that game takes place – it could be switched to Twickenham – while, officially, all Spurs will say is that they will play in their new stadium next season.

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