Spurs book Wembley for home opener as new stadium stumbles over construction delays

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June 15 – Premier League Tottenham Hotspur will play their first home game of the 2018/19 season at Wembley before moving to their rebuilt stadium for its first Premier League fixture against Liverpool on the weekend of September 15-16.

The new 62,062-seat stadium being built at a cost of £850 million was originally scheduled to open on the weekend of August 18/19 with the visit of newly promoted Fulham.

That game will now be played at Wembley and the club have a contingency to play a second home game at Wembley if there are further delays in completing their new stadium on the site of their old White Hart Lane ground.

Spurs petitioned to play their first four games away from home, similarly to Liverpool last season before the opening of their new main stand.

They open their season away to Newcastle before heading to Wembley for August 18. This is first time a club has been allowed to play home games at two venues in the same season.

Spurs had been due to host Watford on September 1 but agreed to reverse that fixture to play at Watford’s Vicarage Road.

Spurs have scheduled a number of test events for the new stadium before the visit of Liverpool in September.

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