West Ham have finally learnt who the first team to face them at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford will be. Slovenian side NK Domzale’s 2-1 (3-2 agg) victory over Shakhtyor Soligorsk of Belarus on Thursday, July 21, will see them travel to the east London venue for the Irons’ first home clash.
That game, on Thursday, August 4, will follow a trip on the road to Slovenia for Slaven Bilic's side on the first leg of their Europa League campaign on Thursday, July 28.
That game had been scheduled to take place in east London, but West Ham asked UEFA for permission to swap them over so the stadium can be made ready for football following the London Anniversary Games the previous weekend.
One of Slovenia’s oldest clubs, NK Domzale finished third in the country’s PrvaLiga League last season and enjoyed a 2-0 win in the first game of the season, according to Mail Online.
Irons chairman David Gold has confirmed on Twitter the official opening ceremony on the club’s new ground will take place before the team take on Juventus on Sunday, August 7 in the Betway Cup.
West Ham’s first home game in the Premier League is set to be against Bournemouth on Sunday, August 21. That follows an away clash against Chelsea the Monday beforehand.
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