Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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 Blue

North and East Stands
North and East Stands
West Stand
West Stand
South Stand
South Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
Looking Towards The North Stand
A Closer Look At The South Stand
A Closer Look At The South Stand
View From The Top Of The South Stand
View From The Top Of The South Stand
South And West Stands External View
South And West Stands External View

New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium SignWell, 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.

Tap InnAway 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.

Beavertown Brewery Tottenham SignMost pubs in the area of the stadium are for home fans only with doormen present. The Haringey Irish Centre on Pretoria Road which is opposite White Hart Lane station has a large hall set aside for away fans, shows Sky Sports and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. You can also park at the Irish Centre, but I believe it costs £20 per car. Dean Palmer adds; 'When you get off the train at White Hart Lane, go straight out of the metal gates and walk straight down the road in front of you. After a couple of hundred yards there is a car park on the left hand side, and the social club is in there. There are always a few away fans in there, and kids are also allowed in there too'.  

There is also the Antwerp Arms on Church Road which normally has a good mixture of home and away fans. This community-owned pub serves real and enjoys a pleasant position, looking out over Bruce Castle Park. It is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and serves beers from the nearby Redemption Brewery.

A five minute walk from the away turnstiles and close to where the away coaches are parked on West Road is the Tottenham Brewing Company on Tariff Road. This building houses 3 craft breweries; Watling Street Beer, Trial & Error and Oddly. On matchdays, it opens up a tap room for away fans. Serving craft beers, real ales, cocktails, soft drinks etc. It is family-friendly and hot dogs are also available to purchase.

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 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. 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). Martin Holtom informs me; 'Me and my mate had a pint of draught lager each at £4 per pint at halftime. Very nice actually. Please be advised that if you buy bottled beer the staff will not give you the bottle even though they are plastic. Instead, they decant the contents into a plastic glass. The guy in the queue in front of me bought 10 (yes ten!) bottles of Budweiser which took almost all of halftime to decant/serve. I was almost dying of thirst while I waited for my turn!' 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?

Zeelo logo Zeelo is running direct coach services for home fans travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With the long and crowded tube or tiring drive, Zeelo offers a hassle free service straight to the stadium. Travel in a comfortable coach, with a guaranteed seat and soak in the atmosphere with other fans. This family-friendly service has special rates for seniors and children. Check the Zeelo website for more details.

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. 

Seven Sisters Buses To Tottenham Hotspur SignWhite 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:

Adults £30
Over 65's £19
Under 22's £22.50
Under 18's £17

Official Programme £3.50

Record Attendance

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
60,127 v Bayern Munich
Champions League Group Stage, 1st October 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.

Average Attendance

At Wembley/New Stadium:
2018-2019: 54,216 (Premier League)
At Wembley Stadium 2017-2018: 67,953 (Premier League)
At White Hart Lane 2016-2017: 31,639 (Premier League)

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Tottenham Hotspur fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website

The Club have received permission from Haringey Council to add a total of 151 seats to the North and South Stands. This will increase the overall capacity of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to 62,213.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 19th October 2019, 3pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

You've got to be an optimist to follow Watford away, particularly against Spurs. A total of zero wins and plenty of batterings since the Premier League began and the last away victory over 30 years ago. Added to that a tragic start to the season 2019/20 meant that the main appeal was to visit the new ground, have a sing-song and try and identify what QSF (our new/former manager) could do to turn around our fortunes.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

White Hart Lane has never been that easy to access. Either the trudge back and forth to Seven Sisters or the crush and queue on the Overground. Adding another 20,000 capacity and no improvement in infrastructure should only have added to the challenge. However, various forums suggested using Northumberland Park Station for away fans and so we traveled around the M25 by car and headed for Cheshunt Station. Fair to say parking was not straightforward. Although we got there 2 hours before kick off the station car park was full and surrounding streets were jammed, but electing for a 10 minute stroll we found street parking off Windmill Lane on Roundmoor Drive. Plenty of trains southbound every 8 minutes or so and having purchased train tickets via a mobile App we were able to avoid the long queue for the single ticket machine....bear that in mind. Once at Northumberland Park the true lack of proper investment meant it took a good 12-15 minutes to get from train to platform to exit via a complex series of ramps. So leave plenty of time. At least it wasn't raining.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The stadium is located in an area which has absolutely no appeal whatsoever in terms of pre-match food and beverage, certainly for away fans. Best to either eat/drink in London/Cheshunt. We strolled the ten minutes to the stadium with largely home supporters and a perfectly friendly bunch they were too.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

The stadium has touched down in North London like a giant spaceship, looming over the un-prepossessing hinterland like something from another planet altogether. From the outside, it is truly impressive. Likewise the system of entering worked well, even with three different lines of security. Modern metal detector type entry worked well and the stewards were efficient and friendly. Once inside the concourses are actually not very spacious at all. So not only is there nothing to do close to the ground, there is little on offer inside either. Away fans seating is close to the pitch and the view was excellent. The seats have the crash bars for safe standing and these worked well as everyone stands these days, not something I am totally in favour....as the space is subsequently quite narrow. But plenty of opportunity to create a good atmosphere.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Two teams struggling for form but an absorbing match. Watford scored early and although Spurs had very substantial possession they struggled to break down a resolute and well-organised rearguard. Indeed come the second half, Watford created the more clearcut chances on the breakaway. It looked like a long-awaited, but deserved first win of the season, before a catastrophic error at the back and the failure of VAR to spot a handball gifted an equaliser to the home side. A result to satisfy neither sets of fans but the Watford fans at least had room for encouragement for the relegation scrap ahead. 

Less so the home fans, whose expectations of the new stadium and a substantial investment in the transfer market might have been in part responsible for the tepid atmosphere. Another great stadium/poor atmosphere combination, dare I say just like the Emirates? It really wasn't at all intimidating for the away team and I found that surprising - still its early days but Id suggest the club needs to invest more in generating an atmosphere rather than on corporate advertising on the big screens in the run up to kick off.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game the Cheshunt to Northumberland Park route really pays dividends for away fans. Out of the away end, down Northumberland Park Road and ten minutes later you are at the station. A short queue outside to wait for the platform to clear and we were on the train back to Cheshunt in no time. The queue for trains back into London also seemed to be quite well organised and moved swiftly enough. Plenty of chance to chat to the Spurs fans in the queue / on the train back and as ever they were quite a friendly bunch, albeit lamenting the collapse in form of their team over the last 12 months. Also, while obviously proud of the spectacular new infrastructure, they too commented on the current lack of big match atmosphere. Maybe it will improve if results and performances pick up. I think the stadium deserves it.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Spurs away has always been mainly about the match itself as the stadium location doesn't lend itself to much else. Using the route by train from Cheshunt was a definite improvement over the traditional transport methods, particularly given the location of the away fans seating. Ultimately I am sure the atmosphere will improve with results and as the supporters figure out a way to exploit the excellent new infrastructure. Hopefully, we will be back again next year......

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 28th September 2019, 3pm
Eric Spreng (Southampton)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
I had never been to White Hart Lane nor the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. With all the hype, the money spent, and the delays in opening the new ground, I was interested to see what it was like.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We flew from Edinburgh at 9 am arriving at Luton at 10.15 am. A train into London and a short tube journey had us at Liverpool Street station at around 11.45 am.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a couple of drinks at the Hamilton Hall Wetherspoons pub at Liverpool Street station. Very much a football pub on match days. It was full of Southampton and Tottenham fans, together with a fair number of Norwich fans (they were at Crystal Palace) and I saw one Leeds United fan (they were at Charlton). Everyone was in good spirits and mixed well. We then got the overground train from Liverpool Street to Northumberland Park which took about 15 mins.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
It is undoubtedly a wonderful stadium but for reasons I cannot put my finger on I was slightly underwhelmed. The concourse at the away end was particularly disappointing. For some reason, they have put the bar and the tv's just where everyone enters the stadium which made everything unnecessarily overcrowded.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself was exciting enough. Tottenham had a man sent off after 30 mins and when Southampton equalised shortly afterwards I really thought that this might be our day. However we allowed Harry Kane to put Spurs ahead again before half-time and in the second half, partly due to some bad decision making and also partly due to some questionable tactics, we did not dominate in a way that we perhaps should have done. There was no further scoring and Spurs were relieved to end the game 2-1 ahead. Undoubtedly an opportunity missed by the mighty Saints.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game was a total disaster for us. We were due to fly from Stansted at 8pm and a 40 minute train journey from Northumberland Park should have got us there in plenty of time. However, due to a medical emergency, there were no trains north from Northumberland Park until well after 6.30 pm and we could not get to Stansted on time. Our only realistic option was to make our way across London and fly home from Gatwick at 10 pm at great inconvenience and great expense!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I had a great view from my vantage point behind the goal between the corner flag and the goal and with everyone standing as away fans always do, the 'safe standing' personal crush barrier was very handy! It is a wonderful modern-day stadium but there was something lacking, certainly in atmosphere. Maybe that will come with time.

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
Premier League
Saturday 28th September 2019, 3pm
Tim French (Southampton)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Last season we were disappointed as the opening of the new Tottenham Stadium was delayed beyond December (we instead played at Wembley, coinciding with our nee manager Hasenhuttl's arrival), so now we were excited at the opportunity of seeing the new ground. We were coming off the back of a midweek League Cup win away at Fratton Park (the first since 1984); on the same night, Spurs had been knocked out on penalties by my local team, League Two Colchester United. Given Spurs' indifferent form so far this season, I was nervous of a backlash.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Easy train journey from either Liverpool Street or Stratford. It's made clear that Northumberland Park is the recommended station for away fans; it's on a different overground line from the usually rammed one to Bruce Grove and White Hart Lane, although I found it ran less frequently. Definitely recommend the overground over the tube which requires a long and relatively unpleasant walk from the nearest underground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
If I was coming across London I'd use Liverpool St, but I took the overground from Stratford to Hackney Central (you can travel direct to Northumberland Park, it's only three stops) as I had time to visit a couple of pubs. The Cock Tavern is round the corner from Hackney Central; it was empty so I only stopped for a quick pint (impressive and relatively inexpensive beer range, friendly staff) then retraced my steps past Hackney Central, up Amhurst Rd to the Pembury Tavern. I usually see plenty of home and away fans using this pub on match days, although I didn't see any colours this time. The pub's been taken over by Five Points brewery (opposite the pub) since my last visit; very good beer (£4.20 a pint) and pizzas (£8-£12, seriously recommended). Get the timing right and it's just over half an hour from the pub to the ground (via Hackney Downs) if you don't hang about. It's a much nicer walk through residential streets to the away section, compared to the High Road. The home fans I encountered were quite friendly, and there were no issues passing the Bill Nicholson pub (although note previous fans' comments on this website about coming away from the ground).
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
As others have mentioned, on approach the stadium appears to rise like a spaceship above the surrounding houses. High security levels, but no delays upon arrival. I could have had a quick pint of Heineken from one of a couple of chaps going around the concourse with beer on their backs, but the queues at all the bars were horrendous. Inside the stadium is clearly impressive with the seats rising to curve on all sides towards a very high roof. The away section (which we sold out) is more generous in width than White Hart Lane, stretching further either side of the corner flag. I wanted a side view as close to the centre circle as possible, so I was at the far end of the away section, 11 rows back and 20 yards out, in line with the edge of the D; the view was superb and quite close to the pitch.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
My neighbours asked if their mate could swap seats with me, so I moved directly back to the penultimate row 22 where the view was even better. Bear in mind however that even though everyone's undercover, the roof is so high that you're not necessarily protected from the weather. As it was late September we had sunshine and showers; even with sunglasses, the Autumn sun is low enough to shine directly in your eyes and throws the goal at the far end into a very dark shadow, which does, unfortunately, impact on the view. And unless there's absolutely no breeze (or the prevailing wind is from the opposite direction to the usual Westerly), expect to get wet if it rains - even if you're at the rear. Not a problem, but unexpected. There are screens in each corner, so take your pick; they offer a fantastic view from the opposite stand which provides an alternative TV angle. The stewards near me were following the game by staring at the screen behind our heads whilst simultaneously keeping an eye on us. There was a bit of niggle near us at one point (after a Spurs goal, sending off and equaliser) which the stewards handled without too much fuss. Throughout the away section there were no issues standing, which was great as you can lean against the 'safe standing' bars (I expected problems here, seeing as how prominently the match tickets disallow this; let's hope the law changes soon). The seats themselves have a decent amount of leg-room. 
 
The game itself was great for the neutral, with plenty of talking points. Lloris was entertaining in goal for Spurs, his calamitous Cruyff turn enabling Danny Ings to poach our equaliser, redeemed by two superb saves in the second half. On the whole, the home fans were quiet for most of the match. We got increasingly frustrated, and couldn't understand Hasenhuttl's tactics considering they played for an hour with 10 men; our substitutions were late in the game and ineffective. I thought the pitch looked in great shape, but the ball appeared to bobble quite a bit in the middle third. I went for a beer on the stroke of half time but there was no hope; the queues just weren't moving (two Tap Inn bars serving Beaverton Neck Oil at £5 a pint plus a regular bar serving Heineken at £4 a pint). No guys with beer backpacks to be seen. Beyond the bars, seemingly everywhere you looked, staff were busily employed cleaning the floor; how can it get both sticky and slippery at the same time? Spilt beer was presumably a Health & Safety issue. Corporate food looked OK. Please note if you're getting a ticket in the distant part of the west section (i.e. blocks 117-118) you'll be nowhere near a bar or gents' toilet; ladies who don't want a cheeky half-time beer or snack - you'll be fine.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The stadium design ensures a rapid exit is possible if you want one. We had nothing to celebrate so I didn't hang about. Northumberland Park Station divides passengers on approach between north and southbound; there's a daft queuing system taking you very slowly up a series of shallow ramps and eventually over the bridge to the far platform - it doesn't work, it just prolongs the agony. On this occasion trains ware fairly frequent with plenty of carriages, so once you're on the platform there was no problem.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A lovely stadium, but nowhere near my favourite football ground - but then I guess it was designed for events other than our national game. I've read other reviewers' disappointment and I can see their point. Perhaps it'll take time to bed in - I'm sure the Yellow Wall didn't happen overnight - but to be honest I was expecting some flags, banners, etc. Instead, there was very little in the way of an atmosphere on this occasion.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Premier League
Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
Stephen Anthony Harvey (Newcastle United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Our first visit to their new stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We left East Durham at 6am, picking a few lads up on route at Hartlepool. Had a couple stops on the way at Woodall and London Gate Services. There was a little more than usual traffic as the powers that be had decided to shut the trains down on the hottest bank holiday weekend in living memory.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We got dropped off right outside stadium by our coach. We walked the ten minutes or so up Church Street to the Antwerp Arms pub that we had years gone by frequented. We had a great day with Spurs and Newcastle fans mixing without any problems. I hope the landlord made a fortune on bar sales, which I've no doubt he will of. As the other pubs around the ground are home supporters only. I hope they were empty! Why do they do this pathetic practice? Everyone is welcome to go in any pub in Newcastle with their colours on etc.. We stood outside the pub shaded by trees from a nearby park, as it was extremely hot. So a few cold ones came in handy. Thank you again to the landlord/Manager of the Antwerp Arms.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The stadium looked immense from both the outside and in. A great view from the away end. I was to the right looking at the pitch. Thankfully shaded from the sun. The Newcastle fans to my left who remained shirtless throughout the game, no doubt were like lobsters at the end!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A great atmosphere from away fans as always. Tottenham were really quiet throughout the match, as the didn't really have anything to shout about. We won 1-0 and to be fair we weren't in much danger most of match and probably created the best chances.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was a bit of a nightmare findings our coaches. There were no stewards to guide you. They were quite far away through endless streets. We passed the Bill Nicholson pub where there were a few skirmishes. Not good at all. There will be a few problems around here this coming season mark my words if the Police don't sort this out. We eventually got away easy on to the North Circular and then onto the M1, the usual traffic delays arrived home round about 2am.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out. Eventful. A great 3 points that were unexpected. I'll be back next season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Premier League
Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
Jack (Newcastle United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
I was really looking forward to the day as it was my first time at the new stadium and it was weather forecasted to be 33 degrees. However thanks to our poor start and current situation at the club I wasn't looking forward to the game itself.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We got on The supporters bus as we do for a lot of our away games. There wasn't too much traffic until we hit London then we were going at a very slow pace towards the ground but we still arrived three hours before kick off. The ground is a 15 minute walk from where the coaches park and there is signs right the way to the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We went to two different pubs before the game. First, we went into the Oddly Brewery. This had good quick service however it was very quiet when we there But it definitely had the space to have a good atmosphere if more people knew about it. Next, we went to the Haringey Irish Centre which was very busy with massive queues at the bar. The security at the gate were also turning away fans away claiming it was a home supporters pub only despite there already being loads of black and white shirts and not a single Spurs one in sight.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The ground itself was very impressive from the outside and looked extremely modern compared to others I have recently visited. Our tickets were on the 4th Row on the left of the corner flag. This meant the view of the near goal was brilliant however the view of the other end and especially the corner flag on our side of the pitch at the other was obscured. The ground on the inside was just as impressive as from the outside especially their 'Kop' end.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game started slowly but after we went 1-0 up in the first half it was party atmosphere from then in with not much response from the Home end apart from the odd lone supporter. We stayed in the ground for a good 15 minutes after the game celebrating our victory as well the stewards were helpful in showing us where we could and couldn't hang flags and were generally friendly. At the stadium, they have the fill from bottom pint cups which were interesting but not helpful. If you happen to touch the disc in the bottom, all the drink comes out!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The traffic getting out was similar to the way in. However, a popular Spurs Supporters Pub is passed on the walk back to our coaches. There wasn't a single Policeman in sight and predictably the Tottenham fans got sick of our singing and spilled across the road over to our fans.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was a great day for us with an unexpected three points and a good first trip to the new ground despite the disappointing end to the day with the supporter troubles.

Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Premier League
Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
Louis McGivern (Newcastle United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to visiting Spurs new state of the art stadium that everyone had been raving on about. I was looking forward more for the day out rather than the match after our recent troubles.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Took the train to Paddington; tubes across to Liverpool Lime Street then an overground train to Tottenham Hale which is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium. Easy enough but awkward with the trains and tubes.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Due to trains being delayed or cancelled there was no time for the pub so it was straight into the ground. Home fans I encountered were all friendly enough to speak to. Although one memory I'll keep is a cocky Spurs fan shouting to his mate "It's only Newcastle" before the game. I bet he wasn't too happy after 90 minutes.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The outside of the ground looks really impressive, modern and well built. It is a level above most other stadiums in the Premier League. The away end was spacious and had fantastic views of the game. One criticism would be that the away fans are conveniently placed in the corner where the sun shines directly onto, meaning it's in your eyes for the whole match.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Atmosphere? What atmosphere. Despite the impressive-looking single-tiered stand, the Spurs fans were virtually silent for 90 minutes with nearly all the noise coming from the away fans. The stewards were very relaxed and didn't seem bothered about fans standing. The biggest let down for the day was by far the service on the concourse. I was in an average-sized queue to get a pint and I was stood waiting for 25 minutes in the line because of the incredibly slow and disorganized service. Instead of pre-pouring pints to hand out like other stadiums do they tried to show off their fancy fill from the bottom tap which caused chaos. On top of this despite it being 34° they somehow ran out of water for fans, how does a football club run out of bottled water? It's ridiculous. The game itself was a great one for us with a Joelinton goal wrapping up a very unexpected three points.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was simple and unlike other London grounds there were no massive queues for trains, I jumped on the first one I saw. I was in the stadium for quite a while after celebrating though.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An impressive looking stadium, but the practicality of it was absolutely shocking, slow service, nowhere near the level of hype from Spurs fans, the whole stadium is very bang average. Awkard to get to, running out of water, terrible service and sat with the sun in your eyes. It was very funny seeing the cockney faces after beating them. I preferred the Emirates.

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
Martin H (Aston Villa)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

After three years of watching Aston Villa in the EFL Championship, it was great to be back in the Premier League. And what a first game. Away at the Champions League runners-up and a chance to visit Tottenham’s super new stadium. I was really looking forward to it.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Fairly straightforward. Train from the Midlands to Euston. Then London Underground to Tottenham Hale, where we switched to the Overground and caught a train from Tottenham Hale to Northumberland Park. We intentionally headed for Northumberland Park as this is closest to the away section at Tottenham (10-15 mins walk).

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

On our way from Euston on the London Underground, we were debating where to go for a pre-match pint given that all the pubs around the stadium are for Home fans only. We then came up with the bright idea that it should be fairly quiet around Arsenal as they were not at home on this day. So we exited the London Underground at Finsbury Park and went to the Twelve Pins pub, which is one of the recommended pubs on the Arsenal page of this website. It was a good call as there was a nice-sized crowd in there. Not too quiet and not too busy either making it easy to get served. Quite a few Villa fans had the same idea as us as there were plenty of Villa colours on show in there. After a few beers, we went back to Finsbury Park to continue our journey to Northumberland Park. The continuing train journey to Northumberland Park was shared by both Spurs and Villa fans. Can’t recall talking to any Spurs fans but it all seemed very relaxed. As was the walk from Northumberland Park to the stadium.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

The stadium looks great from the outside. Obviously so different to the Old White Hart Lane. After a few photos, we made our way into the ground. For obvious reasons, there is a lot of security (some airport style) as you go in, but it all seemed fairly slick. The stadium is also impressive on the inside as well. The away fans are located at the lower level by one of the corners. The view was pretty good I thought despite being so low down. The only bad point for me was that the away concourse seemed small for circa 3,000 away fans. In addition, the design wasn’t very well thought out either as the food/drinks counter is directly opposite to where the fans enter the ground. It’s also by where there are two sets of exit stairs so it gets very congested there, making it nigh on impossible to get near the counter just before the game and/or halftime.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I didn’t have food/drink inside the stadium due to the reasons outlined above. Villa started brightly and indeed took the lead from a well taken John McGinn goal. The atmosphere in the away end was superb with the Villa fans in good voice. Spurs fans seemed a little subdued but started to find their voices in the second half as Spurs increased the pressure on Villa’s resolute defence. I was hoping we might hang on for an unlikely win but in the end, the pressure told and Tottenham scored three goals late on for a deserved (if I am honest) 3-1 win. Needless to say, the Spurs fans were the loudest they had been all day towards the end. A great atmosphere overall.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very impressive actually. We walked back to Northumberland Park train station. Spurs and Villa fans mixed together but, as before the game, all very relaxed. There was a big queue at Northumberland Park station for the trains however as you got closer the crowd was split into two separate channels. One for those travelling Northbound, the other for those (including us) who were travelling Southbound. On a matchday, extra trains are put on to help ease the crowd congestion at the station (every 10 mins or so). The trains also have several carriages so can carry more passengers, therefore it wasn’t long before we were on the platform. We did the reverse journey to earlier (via Tottenham Hale) and we were soon back at Euston in plenty of time for our train back to the Midlands.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Despite the defeat, I was encouraged by Villa’s performance and fairly confident that we can have a reasonable first season back in the Prem. I certainly enjoyed my first visit to Spurs impressive new stadium and look forward to visiting again at the next opportunity.

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
Andy Newman (Aston Villa)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
This was Villa's return to the Premier League after 3 seasons in the Championship, plus I also wanted to see the new Spurs stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We drove to the outskirts of the M25. We had booked a car space on a driveway in Cheshunt and took the train to the ground, all very easy.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a pint in the Antwerp Arms which was not far away, home and away fans mixed and all very friendly. Lots of burger vans etc near to the stadium so we had a not-too-bad burger for £4.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
It looks very impressive from the outside, almost like a space ship! Inside was just as impressive. The away fans are located in the bottom tier in the corner. It was nice to see the gold cockerel emblem on top of the home end.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was good, Villa scored early and then defended for 80 minutes eventually conceding three late goals, disappointing but probably to be expected. There was a problem getting into the stadium as the bar code technology broke down, stewards had no idea what to do so there was a 10 minute delay. The concourse is poorly designed with the bar straight ahead of the entrance so a bit of a jam with so many people trying to move around so I didn't bother buying any food or drink.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Very well managed considering 60,000 attendance.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Despite the result, a great day and a highly recommend this away trip!

Tottenham v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
John (Aston Villa)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Out first game back in the Premiership. I have been to Spurs loads of times but this was my first look at the new ground.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove down as normally have done in the past along the M6, M1, M25 and M10. Due to where away fans are located in the stadium we parked in the Ikea/Northumberland Park Station area about a 20 minute walk away. There are a few car parks about but it is permit only to park on the street around the immediate ground area! But expect to pay £15+ to use a car park. It was an easy walk to the ground just following the fans. I would be surprised if you missed it!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly
 
Most pubs around the ground are Spurs only! The designated away pub the Elmhurst was closed when we went. I was told the Haringey Irish Centre was only place for away fans to get a beer. Anyway, I wanted to try out the grounds facilities, so just went inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Don't get me wrong here but it is an amazing stadium and Spurs fans have a fantastic home ground. But for away supporters the concourse is no better than certain other grounds with nothing special that stands out. Although the beers were pretty good, at around the £4 mark, maybe it's just an away fans thing? The seated rows each have their own barrier which is good as you don't sit down away from home! The away fans are located quite low down so again there's probably a lot better seats elsewhere. One other strange thing was putting home fans directly behind the away fans with just a Perspex screen between the two sets of fans? It got a bit lairy at times! Don't let these away fan points put you off going it is still an amazing stadium!
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
After been away from the Premiers League for three years this was a perfect match for us to be pitted against one of the best teams! We gave a good account of ourselves and although losing to the better side, in the end, I wasn't too displeased with our effort! The stewarding was good. Obviously, there are going to be teething points but I am sure they will sort it. The atmosphere in our end was very good and with Villa playing well for a lot of the game, the Spurs were a little subdued but once on top they got a lot louder and it will bode well for them in the future. Like I said all new at the moment but I'm sure it will be in most fans best away days list.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A 15-minute walk back to the car. Lots of Police presence and a bit of banter with the Spurs fans, but nothing you don't get everywhere! From the Ikea area, we drove up the A1055 and the out and up to the A10 then the motorway home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A fantastic stadium! I really enjoyed the day and can't wait to go back.

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
Steve Smytheman (Redoing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The new ground on the old location was the primary reason and as a second tour of the 92, I waited until it was fully open to compare to the old White Hart Lane.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Nightmare. I travelled from the Midlands so knew the train would be busy with away fans. They were a drunken disgrace even on the way down.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Took the long walk from the tube and a long stroll around the outside. Everything was well designed and impressive. Fans friendly.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The outside was seamless and imposing, the organisation access searching and bag security smooth. Inside, I’ve never seen so many bars and the space and height were telling. Lifts and escalators are a long leap forward from my early memories of 1970's grounds.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I’d been to Orient last week where they paid tribute to former manager Justin Edinburgh, so to do the same here 7 days later as a former player was remarkable. The game was tense with Spurs only getting going after an hour. Right result but they don’t make it a relaxed watch. First VAR game for me which I support.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Back to Kings Cross by tube was a doddle, only to find fighting fans had closed Euston then the overground train was delayed an hour and full of drunks.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out and well worth the money, but stick to your own transport.

Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
Pre-Season Friendly
Sunday 4th August 2019, 3pm
James Walker (Re-completing the 92)

Tottenham v Inter SignWhy were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
I was looking forward to this game because it was a chance to tick off this new stadium, and in the process, re-completing the 92 (after getting Salford ticked off on the Saturday).
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I went with a few friends for this game, and we got the train from Hertford East to Northumberland Park. This was about a 15 slow minute walk from the ground, but there are plenty of signs up on route so you're able to find your way quite easily.
 
South Stand External View
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We stopped for a burger from one of the many vans on the way up to the stadium (£4) before picking up a special match programme (£5). We did aim to have a look in the club shop, but the ridiculous queue put us off!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The ground inside looks very impressive! We were sat tunnel-side just a few rows from the front, and the rest of the stadium looks superb! The stand to our right was a huge single-tiered stand, whilst the rest of the ground seemed to be broken in into 2 and 3 separate tiers.
 
South Stand
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game itself wasn't bad, Moura giving Tottenham the lead after just 3 minutes. This was cancelled out by Sensi, who equalised for Inter on 36 minutes. Ther e weren't any further goals during the 90 minutes, and Inter went on to win the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3. The stewards were all very helpful when showing us to our seats and when we had any questions, and the Chicken Tikka pie I tried was absolutely lovely!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away was long but simple. We hung around outside the ground for an hour after to kill time and let the crowds leave, then we set off back to Northumberland Park to get the train back to Hertford to go home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A nice relaxed day out, an enjoyable game, a new ground, good company, and the 92 re-completed in the first weekend of August. A good day all round!
 
Final Score: Tottenham 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 on penalties)
Attendance: 58,905
Grounds Visited: 140 (92/92)

Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
Pre-Season Friendly
Sunday 4th August 2019, 3pm
Sam Jones (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Spurs’ new stadium has been covered extensively in the media and received universal praise since it opened. It was always my intention to attend the first game there that went to general sale. Plus it was another new ground to tick off my 92.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
As I have been to the old White Hart Lane many times I was already well acquainted with the journey. I got off the tube at Seven Sisters and walked along the Tottenham High Road, which took around 20 minutes. The ground is visible in the distance long before you arrive there.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I didn’t do anything pre-match as the wide selection of food and drink within the ground had been well publicised and I knew there would be plenty for me to do upon arrival. Due to the nature of the game, there was a more relaxed atmosphere than usual. It was evident that there were plenty of families and people who were attending the new stadium for the first time, all in good spirits.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Wow! The stadium looked fantastic from the outside, with its mostly glass front presenting a very modern look. I was blown away by the sheer size of it. Everywhere was very clearly signposted and it was easy to make my way to the North Stand where I was sitting. Due to the steep structure of the stadium, you are very close to the pitch, the views from my seat in the middle tier were excellent. The away fans are housed in a corner at the North East end of the ground opposite the very large single tiered South Stand which resembles Dortmund's yellow wall. Above this stand towers Spurs’ famous cockerel. Also evident is the very unique roof which wraps around the ground. Inside the stands, there are lots of nods to Tottenham’s history including a large collage of old programme covers on the walls. Numerous plaques commemorate the use of bricks, aggregate and other materials from the old White Hart Lane in construction of the new ground, and one even marks where the old centre circle used to be. On the upper concourse due to the glass frontage, you could look out far into the distance, although there wasn’t much to see.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
A fairly drab pre-season affair. Spurs started on the front foot and quickly took the lead through Lucas Moura, but became jaded as Inter grew into the game and deservedly equalised. The second half was very uneventful with Inter Milan looking the better team throughout, and eventually winning the game on penalties. The atmosphere was non-existent, although that was to be expected due to the nature of the game. Inside the stands, on the first level, the home areas are completely open and I was able to check out the range of facilities, which was beyond my expectations. It did not remotely feel like I was inside a football stadium. This includes a Beavertown microbrewery, the Goal Line Bar which, as the name suggests, runs for the entire length of the goal line underneath the large single tiered south stand, and the Market Place, which offers almost every kind of eatery imaginable with a large area for fans to congregate. Pricing was exactly what I would expect for London, with a pint coming in at between £5 and £6, and only card payments were accepted. My only criticism is that the service was very slow with lots of clearly newly hired staff getting to grips with their role, a problem that I am sure will resolve its self in time.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Walked back along the Tottenham High Road to Seven Sisters. Due to the closure of the London Overground, this was busier than usual. I was told the facilities within the stadium remain open for two hours after the game finishes in order to help with the queues, although I did not hang around to confirm this.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
This is the best stadium I have ever visited for a sporting event, and by some distance. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone and I am very jealous that it isn’t my team playing there.

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Premier League
Sunday 5th May 2019, 3pm
Howard Martin (Everton)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
It is a new ground and there has been a lot of hype in the media about what fans can expect.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We have travelled to Spurs many times and park in the same place at the Haringey Irish Centre. Today however the cost had escalated to £30 for our minibus!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had a drink in the Haringey Irish Community Centre which is one of the very few places in the area to welcome away fans and then went to the ground early.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
The stadium is awesome, visible from miles away. It is obvious that no expense has been spared on the quality of both the design and the quality of the materials used.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Sadly the overall experience was underwhelming. The fancy new beer pumps did nothing to shorten the queues. More bar staff would have helped and also a more organised queueing system. At half time there was the same chaotic scramble to get to the toilets and the bar with the same pinch points causing the same problems we experience at every ground. 
 
We were in Row 5 and the view was very poor, much too low, just as it is at the Emirates and at Wembley. In fact, it's little better than the views we used to suffer at Villa Park before they moved the visiting fans. The fans in the front rows couldn't see any of the game when the stewards took their places before half time and at the end of the game. I had read in the press that the fans would be raised up above the playing surface so that the ground could be used for American football but this is certainly not the case! Everton are planning a new ground in 2022/23 and I hope the design is much better than this one!
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It's always a bit tricky getting away from the stadium but no worse than any other London ground.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Certainly not the worse place we've visited but disappointing given all the money and hype.

Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
Brian Moore (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
Having obtained two UEFA Complementary tickets I was really looking forward to experiencing the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
As I was stopping overnight the journey should have been easy but the overground train system collapsed so off on the underground to Tottenham Hale. Surprisingly the signage was very poor around the station but improved later as I neared the stadium. However, I suspect this will be resolved soon enough.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Walking up the main road to the ground there are plenty of food and drink options. I opted for a rather fine Turkish kebab etc. No complaints there! Fans appeared to be a mixture of supporters and day trippers like myself and no issues to report.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
My initial view is how did they fit a stadium of this size in here? All very impressive even with several bits still to be fully finished but nothing material. Getting in was fine despite the three stages including the metal detectors and once inside wow! My entrance was directly opposite a Beavertown Brewery bar. Nice beer at £5 a pint and of course all cashless here. Lots of other options and the pint with fish and chips for £8.50 puts other stadia catering prices to shame. The toilets were fine too. Inside the bowl, our seats were bang on the half way line some 16 rows back and were great. The inside is superb architecturally and so different from any other bowls. The single tier “wall” is impressive and the corporate does not split the stadium up as obviously as say Club Wembley. State of the art floodlights etc, you really can’t understate how good this is, even down to the clever installation of the gold cockerel on the roof. The audio designed roof really does wrap the noise around you. I have got to say that this stadium is a triumph.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Bring used to Championship football myself I could only admire and enjoy the quality of what was in front of me. A decent game especially as only the first leg so maybe not as attacking a game as the second leg will no doubt be. Stewards fine, the facilities fine etc..
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Now the not so good! Getting away was signed okay but things need to settle down as they surely will. My advice, stay in the bars in the stadium for a few drinks after and let the crowds drift away. Not so easy for night games I guess due to late trains. I was walking back to Tottenham Hale (trains were now back up and running) however when I reached Bruce Grove station I chanced it there. I knew it was one stop down from White Hart Lane but I played a hunch that with long trains the front carriage always seems to have a little space and so it was I was back at Liverpool Street within half an hour after the final whistle. My friend had left two minutes early and got on the first train out of Northumberland Park where he mentioned barriers for queuing were set up. Apparently, a special timetable with frequent trains applies on match days.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A few travel quibbles but otherwise a fantastic evening and certainly I can’t recall a better stadium and I’ve been in a few famous ones!

Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
Stephen Welch (Manchester City)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
With it being a new stadium, it was the first time I had been there obviously plus it was the Quarter Final of the Champions League.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Drove down the M6 and M1 then took A406 North Circular. We left Manchester at 1.30pm arriving at our parking place just gone 6pm due to traffic problems on the motorway. The A406 was quite bad also and the sat nav told us to come off well before the ground going down back streets and the like. I could have gone on the M25 but I thought maybe that will be bad during the rush hour. I thought maybe parking would be a major problem but for away minibusses and coaches you send an email to [email protected] com and they ask for all your details. Print off the parking permit and it is free to park! It is located just off Northumberland Park on West Road N17 0RP. This can be a little difficult for your passengers if like me you dropped them off first on Lordship Lane to go to the Elmhurst Pub. Maybe a steward could hold a sign up saying Away Coaches this way?
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight into the stadium but found it difficult to get served with only 1 bar area so gave up. Plus I only noticed 1 toilet block.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
 
It has to be the most impressive stadium I have visited and knocks spots off other Premier League grounds, definitely built for Champions League nights. I thought Arsenals ground was good but this stadium put that into the shade.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
I thought City had their chances and when VAR said it was a penalty to us, I thought we would have won. But alas it was saved and we went on to lose 1-0. But its only half time in the tie. The stewards were very helpful, the facilities were fine, didn't try the food, the queues were too big.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took about 30 minutes from where we parked to get on to the North Circular, then that road was packed! So sat nav told us to come off and join it further up.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Apart from the result I still thought we were the better team. It was good to visit my third new ground this season. Newport County and Burton Albion being the others who City played earlier in the season.

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Premier League
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.

Updated 25th October 2019

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