Luton Town, who have been promoted, have asked for their first home game of the 2023-24 season against Burnley to be rescheduled.
The Premier League team stated on Friday that this request is due to ongoing stadium renovations at Kenilworth Road. Luton is currently making improvements to their ground, including the construction of a new stand.
Luton mentioned that the current project is moving forward faster than expected. However, the club cannot assure the Premier League that unexpected problems will not arise, potentially causing a delay that could affect their first home game.
“Together with the Premier League and Burnley FC, all parties felt this was a sensible outcome which gives supporters of both teams sufficient time to… make arrangements for travel for the new date,” Luton said.
Luton has stated that the clubs will announce the new date for the fixture as soon as possible. The original date for the match was August 19th.
“The joint decision to delay this fixture is regrettable, especially given the amazing progress that continues to be made on our construction works,” said Luton Town Chief Executive Gary Sweet.
“There is no additional contingency and therefore can’t give a cast-iron guarantee at this stage that a problem outside of our control… wouldn’t force a postponement further down the line and inconveniencing supporters of both clubs.”
The delay in scheduling means that if the Hatters do not have a home game in the second round of the Carabao Cup, their first home match of the new season will be against West Ham United on September 1st.
Luton, who won the Championship playoff final against Coventry City on penalties at Wembley Stadium in May, will be playing in the Premier League for the first time in 31 years.