Blaise Bourgeois

Tottenham to ‘open new White Hart Lane in September’

Spurs to play first three or four matches of the Premier League season away from home.

As the final touches on the new White Hart Lane are being completed, it’s been reported that Tottenham will begin their season away from home.

According to a story in The Independent, this will result in their stadium opening in September, rather than when the season begins on August 11.

The Premier League is sending out a fixture questionnaire this week to the clubs who will play in next season’s competition. By mid-March, teams can specify any challenges they will face in scheduling matches. Tottenham will ask that they play their first few league games away from home so they can get the new 61,000-seat stadium fully ready.

The Premier League fixture computer initially generates a calendar where every team starts either home then away or away then home. However, when the information from the questionnaires is inputted, fixtures can be switched to allow a run of away games at the start of a season.

Four is the maximum of consecutive away matches that the Premier League will allow.

The Premier League has allowed Liverpool and West Ham United to start the season with a stretch of away matches as their stadiums were not ready on time.

Last season, Liverpool played their first three matches away as their new stand was not ready yet. West Ham began this season with a stretch of three road ties as the World Athletic Championships were held at London Stadium.