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Tottenham issues warning to ticket profiteers

Tottenham Hotspur has threatened to suspend the season tickets of any fans looking to profit from the highly-anticipated first game at its new stadium, while the English Premier League football club has opted to freeze prices for 2019-20 to reward supporters after the difficulties encountered in delivering the venue.

Tottenham will finally open its new stadium on Wednesday, April 3 with a Premier League match against Crystal Palace, the club confirmed on Sunday.

The announcement brought to an end a long wait for Tottenham supporters. The 62,062-seat stadium had initially been scheduled to open last September but problems with its critical safety systems had pushed back the opening date, leading to fears it might not stage a match at all this season.

The hype surrounding the new stadium has reportedly seen tickets advertised for as much as £1,200 (€1,403/$1,592) for a pair via social media. Tottenham provides One Hotspur Members with access to the Ticket Exchange – the club’s official secondary ticketing platform – which allows members the opportunity to purchase seats at face value from season ticket holders who can’t get to a game.

Amid reports of escalating prices for the opening fixture, the club has sought to deter fans from seeking to sell their tickets at a big profit. A club spokesperson told The Telegraph newspaper: “Season-ticket holders or anyone else selling their tickets on social-media platforms and other unofficial websites are in breach of the club’s terms and conditions, therefore leaving themselves liable to having their accounts suspended.

“The only official way to transfer tickets is via Ticket Exchange or Ticket Share which become operational on the date tickets go on sale.”

Meanwhile, the club has frozen season ticket prices for next season. The cheapest season ticket costs £795 for adults, £595 for ages 18 to 21 and £397.50 for seniors and children. The most expensive is £1,995, while £2,200 tickets provide access to a private bar and complimentary food.

Tottenham had sold 42,000 season tickets for the current 2018-19 campaign and said in a statement: “We should like to thank our season ticket holders for bearing with us and supporting the team at Wembley Stadium during what has been a challenging time. We acknowledge the inconvenience caused by this unique set of circumstances.”

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