The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the home of Tottenham Hotspur in north London, replacing the club's previous stadium, White Hart Lane. It has a capacity of 62,303, making it one of the largest stadiums in the Premier League and the largest club stadium in London.
It is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium and features the world's first dividing, retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic turf pitch underneath for NFL London Games, concerts and other events.
The name "Tottenham Hotspur Stadium" is temporary, the intention being to sell the naming rights, so that it will be named after a sponsor. The stadium is occasionally referred to as New White Hart Lane by fans and some in the media.
Walking along the High Road, then from the outside, the stadium has very much a modern look with a large glassed frontage and metallic coloured cladding. There are large LED screens too on the external walls, adding to the overall feel and look. Also noticeable on the sides of the stadium are large open flaps.
Inside the stadium, you can’t help noticing its large imposing curved roof that sweeps around the ground. Although essentially a bowl design, the new Spurs stadium offers something a little different. The main West Stand on one side and the East Stand opposite, are very similar both being four-tiered. Both have a large top and lower tier, with two smaller tiers sandwiched in-between. These two smaller tiers are mostly for corporate hospitality areas. Above the tiered areas below the roof, there is a glassed fronted area running along the length of the stands.
The West Stand is the 'Main Stand' having the team dugouts situated out front. At the North End (or Paxton End as it is also known), the stand is three-tiered, whilst opposite the club have built the single largest stand in the country. Although this stand has just two tiers, it has a staggering 17.500 seats, in 82 rows and is an impressive sight. Each of the top tiers of the stands is semi-circular in look. Above the South Stand mounted on the roof is a large gold coloured cockerel. Very impressive looking too are the four large video screens, one situated under the roof in each corner.
Away fans are housed in the lower tier of the North East corner of the stadium, where up to 3,000 fans can be accommodated for Premier League matches. A much larger visiting allocation of up to 9,000 can be made available for domestic cup ties. For these matches visiting fans will be housed in the same area of the stadium but over the three tiers.
With the stadium roof quite high above the away fans section, it may be difficult for visiting supporters to really make themselves heard within the stadium, but we shall wait and see. Visiting supporters for Premier League matches will be pleasantly surprised to find that standing rails are in place along each row of seats. These are in place if and when legislation is changed to allow Premier League Clubs to have areas of 'safe standing.'
It may be an idea to drink in Central London before the game and then take a train to White Hart Lane Station. If getting the over ground train, there from Liverpool Street Station then there is a Wetherspoon outlet called the Hamilton Hall which is popular with football fans.
Alcohol is available inside the ground in the form of Amstel Lager (£4.50 per pint). You get to see it poured in front of you in just three seconds. The new stadium has an American system whereby the plastic glass is placed on a machine and is filled up from the bottom. When the server lifts the filled glass a magnetic disk sticks to the bottom, sealing it tight. However, don't be tempted once you have the beer in your hand to push up the magnetic disk at the bottom, as it will empty all over the floor quicker than it was poured!
White Hart Lane and Northumberland Park are two mainline stations that are both within easy walking distance of the stadium. You can get to both via Victoria line stations such as Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale. As the Victoria line is on the London Underground network you can arrive into London via any of the more popular main stations like Euston and King’s Cross.
There are parking restrictions in place around the ground on match days and non-residents that try to park in a restricted zone will find their car hit with a Penalty Charge Notice or even towed away. The best thing to do is to move out of the restricted zone to somewhere that’s still on the train or tube network and come in from there, but there are probably other private parking options a bit nearer to the ground that might serve you better.
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