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Spurs to stage test event at new stadium

English Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur has today (Friday) confirmed plans for its first significant test event at its new stadium.

The North London club said the ‘familiarisation event’ will be held on December 16, allowing 6,000 fans to visit and explore the South Stand and podium areas at the new stadium. The event will be open for all One Hotspur Season Ticket Holders to apply for one ticket each for two timeslots – 11am to 1pm GMT or 1pm to 3pm.

Tickets are to be priced at £1 (€1.1/$1.3) each, with Tottenham stating this will be an opportunity to test the new stadium’s ticketing systems. During the event, fans will be able to familiarise themselves with the journey they will take on a home matchday, with access to both entry level podiums – Park Lane Square to the south and Paxton Terrace at the north.

Here, fans will help to test the matchday security procedure and entry through the South Stand turnstiles, with the single-tier stand open for supporters to explore. Tottenham confirmed last month that it will not stage its first game at the new ground until 2019, although a firm opening date has yet to be confirmed for the venue that was first due to open its doors in mid-September.

Earlier this month, Tottenham extended its deal with the FA to continue playing at Wembley Stadium, albeit at a reduced capacity of 51,000. Their existing deal to play at England’s national stadium at its full 90,000 capacity required special dispensation from Brent Council, as Wembley has a limit on the number of full-capacity events it can stage each year.

Should Spurs wish to sell more than 51,000 tickets for a game, they will have to make fresh applications to the council. The Premier League game against Chelsea on November 24 was the final full-capacity game granted to the club under the initial agreement.