Pool opener moved away


Blackpool's home game against Wigan Athletic on the opening day of the new Premier League season has been switched to the DW Stadium.

The August 14 curtain-raiser has been moved to Wigan by the Premier League while the newly-promoted Seasiders continue upgrading their Bloomfield Road stadium.

Blackpool secured their place in the top-flight after a Championship play-off final victory over Cardiff City back in May.

They immediately started work on improving the East Stand at their ground and league officials anticipate no further schedule changes.

"The board felt it was important to take this decision as early as possible if there was any potential for Blackpool FC's stadium not being ready for the first match of the season," read a Premier League statement.

"This is the only Blackpool fixture that will be affected.

"This decision will give both clubs and fans maximum time to plan accordingly."

Blackpool are hoping to increase the capacity of Bloomfield Road to 17,600, with the original schedule featuring a second home match against Fulham on August 28.

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