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Old to new: Tottenham, Arsenal, Southampton and other Premier League sides who changed stadiums - in pictures

As Tottenham Hotspur prepare for life at their new home, a look at how past top flight sides, including Arsenal, West Ham United and Middlesbrough got on in their fresh surroundings

Life for Tottenham Hotspur will change on Wednesday when they begin life at their new home.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is unlikely to remain the name for long in the age of big-name sponsors, but that will not matter to the club's fans when they play their first competitive game at the ground against fellow London side Crystal Palace.

They will be the eighth club to change stadiums while being a Premier League side.

Here is a look at how the others fared and how they got on in their opening game at their new surroundings.

You can look at each of the stadiums, past and present, in the gallery above.

To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Middlesbrough 1995

Middlesbrough departed Ayresome Park at the end of the 1994/95 season after winning promotion to the Premier League.

They moved over the summer to the Riverside Stadium, which began with a capacity of 30,000.

The opening game against Chelsea in August 1995 was a sell-out with Craig Hignett scoring the opening goal for the home side as they won 2-0.

Derby County 1997

The Baseball Ground had been Derby's home for 102 years until the summer of 1997.

They headed to their new base Pride Park and enjoyed a successful start at their new home.

A Stefano Eranio goal was enough to sink Barnsley 1-0 in front of 27,232 fans in August 1997 and send the fans away happy.

Bolton Wanderers 1997

Like Middlesbrough in 1995, Bolton had ended life at their former stadium, Burnden Park, by achieving promotion to the top flight.

The Lancashire club switched to the Reebok Stadium for the start of the 1997-98 campaign.

Bolton fans had to wait to see a goal at their new location, however, with the opening two league matches with Everton and Manchester United both being goalless.

Alan Thompson finally scored the first goal in the third match against Tottenham Hotspur.

Southampton 2001

The Dell had been Southampton's home, despite only having a capacity of 15,200.

The club chose to double their capacity by heading to the newly built St Mary's Stadium, which more than doubled the space for fans to 32,500.

However, it was a disappointing start for the Saints as they lost their opening game there in August 2001 to Chelsea 2-0.

It was Dutch forward Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink who bagged the opening goal at the venue.

Manchester City 2003

City headed to the City of Manchester Stadium, which would later be renamed the Etihad Stadium, in the summer of 2003.

The facility, which had initially been built to host athletics events at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, was redeveloped to host football matches.

City departed Maine Road for pastures new after the conclusion if the 2002-03 campaign. They had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Portsmouth in their first game there in August 2003, with the away side's Yakubu the first to find the net, before David Sommeil earned a share of the spoils in stoppage time.

Arsenal 2006

In an attempt to move to the higher echelons of European football, Arsenal had decided to leave their Highbury home in 2006 to play at the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium.

But things did not go to plan in their Premier League curtain-raiser. They faced Aston Villa in August 2006 and fell behind to Olaf Mellberg's goal, needing a late equaliser from Gilberto Silva to earn a 1-1 draw.

West Ham United 2016

There was much emotion when West Ham left the Boleyn Ground over the summer of 2016.

Their new base was the London Stadium, which had been built for the Olympics in 2012, and like the City of Manchester Stadium had been renovated to make it suitable for football.

Michail Antonio's goal five minutes from time earned them the three points in their first league game there as they beat Bournemouth 1-0 in August 2016.

Updated: April 3, 2019 09:59 AM

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