Tottenham Hotspur has confirmed that its new stadium will open in April after two test events have been staged at the venue.
The first major game will be a Premier League match against either Crystal Palace or Brighton.
The club said in a statement:
In order to achieve a formal safety certificate for fixtures to be held at the new stadium, we are required to hold two Test Event matches with increasing levels of attendances.
The two matches we have scheduled will provide an exciting opportunity to see the new stadium, support our lads in the Academy, watch our Legends take to the pitch and familiarise yourself with your matchday route.
We shall also use these Test Events as an opportunity to thank our neighbours and local groups.
The opening game is subject to both a safety certificate and the outcome of Brighton & Hove Albion’s FA Cup match on Sunday 17 March.
If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17th March Spurs will play Crystal Palace on Wednesday 3rd April and Brighton on 23rd/24th April.
If Brighton lose their FA Cup quarter-final match on Sunday 17th March Spurs will play Brighton on 6th/7th April (subject to Champions League scheduling) and Crystal Palace on 23rd/24th April.
Prior to the opening Premier League match, a Test Event match will be held on Sunday 24 March – Test Event Match One – Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton, U18 Premier League Match, kick-off 3pm – Capacity circa 30,000 general admission and selected premium areas.
And on Saturday 30 March – Test Event Match Two – Tottenham Hotspur Legends match, kick-off 5.30pm – Capacity circa 45,000 general admission and all premium areas.
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said:
We are delighted that we shall be able to welcome our supporters to the stadium and our players of the past and the future to take to the pitch on what will be momentous occasions for our Club. Please do come and see your new stadium and share these moments.
Thank you all once again. Your support has been much appreciated during a challenging but exciting time.