Tottenham face Palace in first game at new stadium next month


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - March 9, 2019 Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko, Eric Dier and team mates form a wall to defend a free kick

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur's first Premier League match in their new 62,000-seater stadium will be against Crystal Palace on April 3, the London club confirmed on Sunday.

The new ground will then host its first European game when Manchester City visit London six days later in the Champions League.

"We can confirm that the first Premier League match in our new stadium will be against Crystal Palace on Wednesday 3 April...," the club said in a statement on Sunday.

"This will be followed on Tuesday 9 April by the first leg of our UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City, kick-off 8pm."

The opponents for the inaugural game at the new stadium were decided after Brighton and Hove Albion advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals on Sunday, with the south-coast club's league game at Tottenham now set to be played in the last week of April.

Tottenham have played home matches at Wembley Stadium since the old White Hart Lane ground was demolished at the end of the 2016-17 campaign to make way for the new stadium.

They were expected to move into their new home last August but problems with safety systems delayed them.

Earlier this month, Tottenham released details of two test events to take place at their new stadium, an Under-18 Premier League game against Southampton on March 24 and a legends match on March 30.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Clare Lovell)

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