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Tottenham stadium opening fixture set

Tottenham Hotspur will play its first Premier League match in its new stadium against Liverpool on September 15, the club has announced.

The club will, meanwhile, play its opening fixture of the new season at Wembley as finishing touches are made to the new venue.

Operational test events will be staged on August 5, 18 and 19 as well as on September 1 and 2.

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.

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.

We have held extensive scheduling discussions with Mace, our construction manager, and our lead sub-contractors. Our first operational test event will be held on 5 August.

Manager 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.