The FA Cup quarterfinal is in the books and now it’s officially official: Tottenham Hotspur will play its first match in its new state of the art stadium on Wednesday April 3 against Crystal Palace. The club made the announcement via social media at the conclusion of Brighton’s win over Millwall.
This was one of two possibilities that Spurs had worked out ahead of time based upon the results of the FA Cup, with Spurs also playing Brighton on April 23 or 24. Brighton’s win over Millwall on Sunday resulted in this scenario; had Brighton lost, Spurs would’ve opened their stadium against the Seagulls either April 6 or 7 (depending on Champions League scheduling) and played Crystal Palace on April 23 or 24.
The whole stadium thing has been a bit farcical for a while, but now it feels real. It’s totally happening, y’all — Spurs are going to get a run of at least six matches (including Champions League) in the new stadium, and it’s freakin’ awesome.
If you want to be a fatalist, you can say there’s still a chance Spurs could step on a rake by somehow failing to pass the safety certification after the test events, but you know what? Don’t be that person. Instead, circle Wednesday, April 6 on your calendar, call in sick that afternoon, and let’s help cheer Spurs into their new home.