Capacity: 62,062 (all seated)
Address: 782 High Road, London, N17 0BX
Telephone: 0344 499 5000
Ticket Office: 0344 844 0102*
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass***
Club Nickname: Spurs
Year Ground Opened: 2019**
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: AIA
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: White and Navy
Away Kit: Navy and Light Blue
Third Kit: Light and Dark Green
Well, it may have been late opening and come in over budget, but the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been worth waiting for. To say that it is fantastic, would be an understatement. With a capacity of 62,062 it is the second largest stadium in the Premier League. Not only is its size impressive, but the design and quality of build too. Plus the stadium has been built very much with the fan experience in mind and it boasts some great facilities, that are already the envy of other clubs.
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, which I assume are to allow more to get through to the pitch.
Inside the stadium, you can’t help notice 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, that I assume is also used for corporate guests. 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. The leg room in this area and views of the playing action are generally good, with fans being located close to pitchside. However towards the end of the season, away fans may find that the sunlight shines directly on that part of the ground, so some shades or a cap may be required.
Entrance to the stadium is gained by first going through a security cordon at Gate 11, where tickets are checked. Then fans are to go through a metal detector (the type of which you would see at an Airport) and are subject to a pat-down search. Lastly, tickets are presented at the automatic turnstiles, for the barcode on the ticket to be read to get inside the ground. Please note that the club operates a strict policy for bringing bags into the stadium. Any carrier bags must be clear of colour and be no more than 30cms long and 30cms high. Whilst only personal bags that are A4 in size or smaller (maximum 21cms x 30cms) will be allowed. The Club do not operate a bag drop off or creche facility, so if arriving with a bag larger than these dimensions you may find yourself with a real dilemma. The gates open to the stadium two hours before kick off.
Inside the stadium, you are presented with a stylish looking concourse, that also has a number of television screens dotted around. The facilities are generally very good and even the toilets are quite 'posh' by football ground standards. The 'Tap Inn' refreshment area offers a range of pies including the Tottenham Signature Pie (£3.50), Chicken Tikka Pie (£4.50, and other Pies including a vegetarian option (£3.50) and Sausage Rolls (£3.50). No cash is accepted inside the stadium, only cards, so make sure you take a bank card with you.
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.' However in the meantime the club a little ironically has a strict no 'persistent standing' rule, so don't be surprised if you have stewards telling you to sit down if you are standing. Also although the stadium has cost a small fortune to build, they didn't include padded seats as standard, so MK Dons still have one over on this stadium... Still, overall it is an excellent venue and one that should be quite a spectacle on matchdays and have a good atmosphere. You can also enjoy a pre-match light show for evening kicks offs.
One other positive is that the stadium has been designed with the modern fan in mind and has free high capacity Wi-Fi available, including all major networks. Simply select on your mobile phone Wi-Fi settings the network called ‘Stadium_Guest.’ After you have accepted the Club's terms and conditions, you will then be connected.
At the old White Hart Lane, there was little choice of pubs for away fans to drink in. With the new stadium having almost twice the capacity of the old ground then there is even less choice, with nearly all bars being for home fans only with doormen present. One exception is the Elmhurst on Lordship Lane (N17 6XE), which has been designated as an away fans pub. It is around a ten minute walk from the stadium. Tim Pick a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers fan adds; 'We drank at the Elmhurst on Lordship Lane, which is a large mock tudor style looking pub with 4 or 5 screens showing Sky Sports. Prices were okay too by London standards'.
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 overground 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 then to see it poured in front of you in three seconds flat. 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. Ingenious! 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! Other alcohol drinks available include bottles or cans of Heineken Lager, Bulmers Cider, Guinness, Wine plus Craft Ale from the stadium's own brewery called Beavertown (£4-£5.50). Please note that if you appear to be under 25 then you may be asked to produce ID to purchase alcohol.
Steve Dobson adds; 'I also suggest that visiting fans with a thirst for real ale, consider catching the train from Liverpool Street and stop off at Hackney Downs to visit the Pembury Tavern. Good beer and quality food. From there it is only 10 minutes on the train to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The pub is only a couple of hundred yards from Hackney Downs station on Amhurst Road'. The pub which is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide has no less than 16 real ales on offer! The question is, will you still then make it to the match?
Leave the M25 at Junction 25 and take the A10 towards Enfield. Continue on the A10 through Enfield and at the roundabout with the Northern Circular (A406), turn left onto the A406 (Sterling Way). Turn right into Fore Road (the A1010) which becomes the High Road and you will come to the stadium on your left.
There is no parking available at the stadium itself for supporters and a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is in operation on matchdays, which extends up to a mile away from the ground. Within this zone, only local residents who have a parking permit and blue badge holders can park legally. The perimeter of the zone is up to a mile from the stadium and this has led to some private car parks near to the stadium charging up to £20 for the privilege. If you do decide to park away from the stadium then make sure that you take notice of the advisory parking notices attached to lamp posts, to ensure you are outside the CPZ Zone, as otherwise, you may find that your car gets towed away.
White Hart Lane Railway Station is the nearest to the stadium, which is only a few minutes walk away. It is served by trains from Liverpool Street. However visiting fans are being encouraged instead to use Northumberland Park Station, which is over beyond the side of the ground that the away fans are housed. It is only a ten minute walk away. On exiting the station cross the road and proceed along Park Lane. On reaching the stadium turn right and the entrance to the away supporters turnstiles is far down on the left. Northumberland Park is served by trains from Stratford.
The nearest London Underground station is Seven Sisters which is on the Victoria Line. The ground is a good 30-35 minute walk away, but there are plenty of buses running up Tottenham High Road to the ground. On leaving Seven Sisters take exit 1, which leads up and out to the relevant bus stops. Chris Knibs informs me; 'Although there are plenty of buses, not many of them go past the ground. Those that do mostly have numbers that end in a 9, so take 149, 249, 279 or 349. You can also get a normal overground train from Seven Sisters to White Hart Lane station. For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.
As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:
Over 65's £19
Under 22's £22.50
Under 18's £17
Official Programme £3.50
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.
At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
60,044 v Manchester City
Champions League, 9th April 2019
At Wembley Stadium:
85,512 v Bayer Leverkusen
Champions League, 2nd November 2016
This is the highest ever attendance recorded by an English Club for a home match.
At Wembley Stadium
2017-2018: 67,953 (Premier League)
At White Hart Lane
2016-2017: 31,639 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 35,776 (Premier League)
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Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
Brian Moore (Neutral)
Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
Stephen Welch (Manchester City)
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Wednesday 4th April 2019, 7.45pm
David London (Crystal Palace)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
I was really looking forward to this game, as I go to all Palace games home and away, and this was the rarity of a 'new ground' that I hadn't been to before. This was to be my 111th different league ground watching Palace, so I've seen the complete range of good, bad and the ugly grounds! The added bonus was that we were lucky enough to be the first 'competitive' game at the stadium, so it would be a little bit more of a special occasion. I went with my wife and my 9 year old son, and we go to all away games as Crystal Palace 'away season ticket holders' (which is a scheme that guarantees we can choose our exact seat from the seating plan at every Palace away game)
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I always used to drive to the ‘old’ White Hart Lane ground, however, since rebuilding with a 62000 capacity, the local councils have massively increased the size of the ‘Controlled Parking Zone’. So now parking a VERY long way away and walking isn’t so attractive! So we took the underground to Seven Sisters station on the Victoria line, from which the ground is a good 30 minute walk away (if you are reasonably fit) or longer if you are slow like us!
The long walk is monotonous, and I think next time we play there I will be more organised and pre-book a driveway car parking space on one of the many such websites that offer this handy service so that I can drive and not have to walk so far! Respect to Spurs fans who do this walk every game – they must stay very fit because of it!
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
The long walk to the ground from Seven Sisters takes a fit person a good half an hour at least, and we are slower walkers than that! So we stopped off halfway along the High Road at the McDonalds for dinner, and it was coping very well with the large crowd. Got food and a table to sit at easily. The home fans were very friendly and it was an upbeat atmosphere as everyone was looking forward to the landmark game. No hostility at all (Spurs and Palace are in no way rivals)
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
We got to the stadium itself 1 hour before kick off, and quite simply it is vast! I have been to all the biggest grounds, however this feels so much bigger on the outside because it is plonked right in the middle of a residential area, so it towers above the neighbouring houses! It's like someone has dumped a massive modern shopping centre or airport in the middle of a residential area!
On arriving at the South End of the ground, we knew the away end was at the far (North) end of the ground but didn't know the quickest or best way there, so asked one of the "Fanbassador" volunteers (guides) outside the ground. They looked at their map, as they didn't know themselves, and they sent us the clockwise way round the ground, continuing up the High Road past the main glass entrance and the vast Megastore shop. This was a big mistake. When we got to the North West 'corner' of the ground, there was a bottleneck of fans as that is where their box office is and a lot of their fans were collecting tickets in a huge snaking queue which was difficult to get past.
A steward there knew where we should go (as we were wearing away team scarves) and directed us a weird route underneath a Sainsbury's underground car park which abuts the North end of the ground, and eventually you come out of there and follow some backstreets round to the North East corner of the ground where entrance 11 is. In hindsight, away fans arriving at the Southern end of the stadium should have been directed 'anticlockwise' around the ground as that would have been much quicker and a shorter route.
When we got to the away entrance (entrance 11) we were worried there would be vast slow queues, but actually, it was very efficient! At the bottom of some steps they scanned the QR barcode on your ticket to make sure you had away tickets, then at the top of the stairs, you had to walk through an airport-style metal detector arch. Then there was a pat down with another metal detector 'wand' being waved over you, and following that if you had a bag (only very small, under A4 size or clear plastic bags allowed but we had been told this in advance) this was searched at a table, with a 'bag checked' tag applied. Then finally the turnstiles, where stewards help you scan the QR barcode again.
Inside, the concourse is VERY posh, no expense spared, and lots of bars and food counters to choose from (assuming your club took the full 3000 allocation and has the full concourse) Everything in the concourse is high spec and in sparkling condition of course!
Into the 'stadium bowl' and all of the 3000 away seats have a rail in front, intended for when safe standing comes in. The away seats are in the bottom tier in the corner, and the views are good. Most of our fans stood, and the stewards did almost nothing to stop this apart from a feeble 'please sit down' about 2 minutes into the game, which was ignored. I was in sat down at the back of the block and the standing rails did not interfere with the view.
The ground inside is incredible - like a 'World Cup' quality ground. I can't believe anyone would have a bad view, and the sound system was very impressive and very clear. There were FOUR large video screen, one in each corner hanging from the roof. The Main 'home singing end' is the far end from the away section, and is a single tier, like the Kop at Liverpool, but with a 'curved' top edge. They had the rail seats in part of this end, and most of their fans stood at this end too.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.
Before the game was an 'Opening Ceremony' and this was very short, as it had to be squeezed in between the players ending their warm-ups, and the teams coming out, so it was just a couple of singers singing 'Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur', some flag-waving, and a few fireworks. I guess they'd spend enough on the ground itself!
I guess most people don't read this guide to read about our particular game, which is just as well because Palace were poor! We didn't really get going on the pitch until the last 10 minutes when we were already losing, and the 2-0 score to Tottenham was a fair result!
The Tottenham fans were very loud when it got going, but only in short bursts, but I guess a stroll of a game against an out of form lower Prem side was not going to get their pulses racing. I'd imagine their noise would be more sustained in a 'big' game against a rival team or a 'big six' team.
Palace's fans struggled to get much singing going, I suspect because a lot of the away tickets went to longstanding season ticket holders who are mainly older fans, rather than the younger noiser element of our support. Also, the team on the pitch gave Palace fans little to get singing about!
A major flaw in the location of the away fans is that home fans are right above the away fans. I know this happens at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, but they seem to know how to manage that there. What we experienced was fans above chucking down a drink from above as well as throwing down the free commemorative flags, and one fan spitting on fans below, which was swiftly dealt with by stewards and the fan ejected. It was also very lively at the end of the game when away fans walk out of the seating area have to walk right up to where the home fans are behind them. I can imagine that when the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or West Ham visit, that the police and stewards are going to have to really police these flashpoints and maybe 'net off' some rows of seats.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
At the end of the game, we didn't rush, as with 62000 fans, what is the point, it is going to be busy and congested. The roads around the ground were pretty full, and so walk away from the away exit was a bit slow, but then once on the High Road heading south, the crowds flowed away well, as the road was closed for about a quarter of a mile. We walked slowly back to Tottenham Hale underground station just by following the main road (High Road) and didn't get there until 50 minutes after the game had ended (told you we were slow!). Arriving at the station, you could see they had used queue barriers, but when we got there the queue had gone, and we got straight on a southbound Victoria Line train. Even when the tube train pulled into the next station, Seven Sisters, which is also a well-used station for the game, the platform wasn't that full, and everyone got on the train. We got off the tube at Victoria and headed home 'south of the river' by a train from Victoria train Station.
In summary, the stations we used coped very well, and I think even those out quicker, and at the stations earlier still got away fairly efficiently, with just some queuing.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
I really enjoyed the 'occasion' and the Spurs fans were in good spirits. Obviously, I would have enjoyed it more if we had played better and not lost 2-0, but it's a very impressive ground, and probably the best 'new ground' in the country - better than the likes of the Emirates Stadium, Wembley Stadium or St James' Park in my opinion. Being a fan whose home ground is somewhat 'antiquated' we can only dream that one day we'll be able to enjoy such facilities at home games ourselves!
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** The new stadium occupies the site of the old White Hart Lane ground which was opened in 1900
*** Although grass will be used for football matches, the pitch can be retracted to reveal an artificial surface that can be used for other sports such as American Football.