After a long wait, Spurs have finally moved into their spectacular new home.
Currently dubbed ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ the newest Premier League ground, with a capacity north of 62,000, hosted its first game back in March as Spurs’ U18s defeated their Southampton counterparts 3-1.
J’Neil Bennett made history when he became the first player to score at Spurs’ impressive £1bn state-of-the-art stadium. Messrs Kane and Son are now busy writing their own slice of history at the venue.
And, as the NFL bandwagon rolls into town for the first time, it’s worth having a look at what supporters can look forward to at the ground. To say what the venue offers is mind boggling is certainly an understatement.
1. First in London
Mauricio Pochettino described Spurs’ new home as the best stadium in the world. Subjectivity aside, there is one salient fact, it’s the biggest club ground in London with a capacity of 62,062 that just about eclipses the Emirates Stadium (60,260) and London Stadium (60,000).
In fact, across English football, this new stadium is only behind Manchester United’s Old Trafford, which currently boasts 74,994 seats.
2. Fear the Wall
A stand that is bigger than Bournemouth’s stadium. pic.twitter.com/Kebya27l3w
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) March 24, 2019
Included as part of the overall capacity is a single-tier ‘Kop’ style stand, modelled on Borussia Dortmund’s famous Yellow Wall, which contains 17,500 seats.
To put that into some perspective more people will be in that area of Spurs’ new ground than at Bournemouth’s Dean Court which holds a capacity of 11,464.
3. Closer to the action
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 24, 2019
A complaint many have of modern stadiums is the coldness that strips the supporters from being close to their heroes. That is not the case here.
Aware of the many recently erected grounds that have come before, there’s been an old school approach to designing Spurs’ new stadium, and nothing illustrates that more by the front row being only five metres away from the touchline, which means the fans are closer to the action than at any other UK stadium.
4. Expansive football
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 25, 2019
There’s an element of thinking Spurs’ new stadium, particularly the playing surface, has been designed in Pochettino’s image.
A manager who loves to play expansive and expressive football, there’s more room for his side with the pitch measuring in at 105m by 68m – the same at Wembley and stipulated pitch size by the Premier League – compared to the 100.1m by 67m they previously experienced at White Hart Lane which had the smallest dimensions of any Premier League pitch in its final season.
This is the Long Bar (stretches from corner flag to corner flag) Longest Bar at a ground pic.twitter.com/ARiXgwXYwr
— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) March 24, 2019
Going to the football is more than just watching the game these days. It’s a social gathering.
And the powers that be at Spurs recognised that when they gave the green light to the Goal Line bar which – as the name suggests – runs the entire length of the goal line and is the longest bar in the UK at 65 metres in length.
6. Sitting comfortably
Football is nothing without fans. However, for Spurs fans watching their side play at their new ground it will set them back, and that’s because the cheapest season ticket for adults is £795, for young adults it’s £595 and for young children it’s £397.50. So, for all that, it’s imperative they are taken care of when attending.
The new seats and subsequent legroom have not been overlooked. Regarding the latter, it varies, in the south stand it’s a minimum of 780mm and 800mm in the north stand upper.
The size of the seats (a minimum of 470mm) are also bigger when compared to White Hart Lane (455-460mm).
7. One stadium, two sports
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 5, 2019
Tottenham’s new home is capable of staging NFL games thanks to a retractable pitch – which can be moved in just 25 minutes – and changing rooms designed to meet the criteria required for the popular North American pastime.
The venue will host a minimum of two matches every season for the next 10 years as part of a lucrative deal between the Premier League outfit and the NFL, which will allow Spurs to benefit from a vast untapped revenue stream.
The transformation is almost complete!
— NFL UK (@NFLUK) October 4, 2019