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White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane was a football stadium in Tottenham, North London and the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1899 to 2017. Its capacity varied over the years; when changed to all-seater it had a capacity of 36,284 before demolition. The stadium was fully demolished after the end of the 2016–17 season.

The stadium, which was known amongst Spurs fans as The Lane, had hosted 2,533 competitive Spurs games in its 118-year history. It had also been used for England national football matches.

Club Factfile

  • NAME: Tottenham Hotspur
  • NICKNAME: Spurs, The Lilywhites
  • FOUNDED: 5th September 1882
  • LOCAL RIVALRY: Arsenal

Ground Factfile

  • CAPACITY: 36,284
  • RECORD ATTENDANCE: 75,038 (FA Cup tie on 5 March 1938 v Sunderland)
  • ADDRESS: Tottenham London, N17 England
  • YEAR OPENED: 4 September 1899
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: £100,050 (1934)
  • PITCH SIZE: 110 x 73 yards

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Ground Information

It was totally enclosed which really adds to the overall look of the stadium and can make for a great atmosphere. Both ends have huge 'Jumbotron' video screens, built into the roof, which are a unique feature. All the stands were two-tiered with a row of executive boxes situated along their middle. Only the East Stand on one side has a couple of large supporting pillars (which can be forgiven considering that the stand dates back to the mid 1930's), otherwise there are no obstructions to your view.

A television gantry was also suspended from beneath the roof of this stand. Opposite is the West Stand which was opened in 1982. Although much newer compared to the East Stand, it is its older neighbour that takes the eye, with the famous emblem of the Club, the gold coloured Cockerel sitting proudly on its roof. 

Away fans

Away fans were housed in one corner of the ground in between the South & West Stands, where up to 2,900 supporters (if demand requires it) can be accommodated, in the lower & upper tiers.

Where now

By the turn of the millennium, the capacity of White Hart Lane had fallen significantly behind compared to other major Premier League clubs who had plans to expand further. Talks began over the redevelopment and future of White Hart Lane, and many stadium designs and ideas were rumoured in the media, with the possibility of Tottenham Hotspur moving home also mooted.

However, a move to Wembley Stadium was ruled out by the club, as was talk of moving to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after completion of the 2012 Olympic Games. Ultimately the club's owners, ENIC Group, decided to focus solely on the ongoing redevelopment plan for White Hart Lane as part of the Northumberland Development Project. Sections of the North and East stands at the north-east corner were removed in 2016 to allow construction of the new stadium next to the old stadium in the final season at the Lane. White Hart Lane hosted its final match in a Premier League encounter between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. It ended in a 2–1 victory for the home side, securing the highest league ranking for Spurs since 1963. 

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened on 3rd April 2019 and replaced White Hart Lane.

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