Before they can open their shiny new £800m stadium against Liverpool in September, Tottenham Hotspur needs to obtain safety certification by hosting a series of two “test events” with increasing numbers of the public in attendance. These are essentially “shakedown cruises” that will ensure that everything is going according to plan and that will show that the stadium is ready to host 62,062 fans when the time comes.
Today, the club announced details about these events, both of which will be ticketed with all proceeds being donated to charity.
The first event will take place on Monday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m. and will be a match featuring Tottenham Hotspur academy players against an opponent to be announced.
The second event will feature a team of Spurs Legends taking on Bayern Munich Legends and will take place on Saturday, September 1 at 2:00 p.m. Usually Legends matches feature former players from the teams involved, so those in attendance should expect to see a great number of former pros from both Spurs and Bayern Munich.
These are perfectly fine events, but I was a little bummed to note that one of them was not used as an opportunity to call attention to and highlight Spurs Ladies, who are set to kick off their season in the newly rebranded FA Women’s Championship (division 2 of the English women’s football pyramid) this season.
The club stated that due to what is likely going to be high demand for both test events — which is natural as it’s literally the first time the public will be allowed inside Spurs’ new ground — tickets will be allocated on a ballot system, with priority given to season ticket holders. The maximum attendance for each event has not yet been determined.
It’s likely that the stadium itself will not be 100% finished by the time the test events take place, or even by the time the Liverpool match rolls around. While the goal is still to be able to host full event in September, work is expected to continue over the next several months to finish up detail work and other aspects of the stadium that may not be affected by weekly match attendance.
If anyone from Carty Free manages to snag a ticket to either event, take lots of pictures and make a FanPost! I’m sure your fellow readers would love to get a closer view of the stadium.