Fans get a first look inside new stadium
Sun 16 December 2018, 19:50|Tottenham Hotspur
We were delighted to welcome 6,000 Season Ticket Holders to a specially-arranged fan familiarisation event at our new stadium today (Sunday).
Those attending had been selected via a ballot and were given the chance to take a look inside the iconic South Stand at the 62,062-seat venue.
Fans entered the stadium via Park Lane Square – our huge entry-level podium at the south of the stadium – and helped us test our new security procedures, including Bag Policy, and the new Stadium Access Cards.
Once inside the South Atrium, fans got to sample our matchday food and drink offering within The Market Place – our street food-style emporium – where everything from gourmet burgers to Malaysian curries were on offer across our five food outlets in the area.
At the back of The Market Place, fans were able to drink at the The Goal Line Bar – Europe’s longest bar – or sample craft beer at the Beavertown Tottenham Tap Room, where our very own microbrewery is based.
Also within The Market Place, we hosted special appearances from Legends including Gary Mabbutt, Martin Chivers, Mark Falco and Graham Roberts, in between live DJ sets – this is the sort of entertainment fans will be able to enjoy in the area on matchdays for up to two hours after a game finishes.
The highlight for many was being able to step out into the stadium bowl and take a seat in the 17,500 single-tier stand, getting a feel for how close to the action fans will be and the unique atmosphere the stadium will create.
The day didn’t end there as fans got to take advantage of a 10 per cent discount on some last-minute Christmas shopping at the new Spurs Shop at the Tottenham Experience – the largest football club store in Europe – and take a look at the new Ticket Office in Paxton House to the north of the stadium.
Season Ticket Holder Matt, who travelled from Barnet with his young son Alfie, said: “I’m absolutely blown away by it! We’re very excited to be here. It’s very special and just the feel of the whole local area, the redevelopment and what it brings to the whole community… I think it’s just an amazing feeling for everyone to be here. There are smiles on everyone’s faces – everybody is so happy to be here. Alfie was skipping along the road from the station – he couldn’t contain his excitement!”
Mr Ahmet, who visited with his brother and nephew, said: “We’re making history today. It might sound like a cliché but to us it means a lot. We come from different generations – my father brought me to my first game, I brought my brother to his first game and he brought my nephew to his first game. It’s a massive privilege to be here today and words can’t describe how thankful we are. It’s awesome, absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to see Harry Kane and all the boys score all those goals out there and we’ll be cheering them on forever.”
Peter Carr, Chairman of SpursAbility, said: “It’s just fantastic. The stadium as a whole, the atmosphere is fabulous. It’s so much better than any other stadium I’ve been to in this country or around the world. I’ve been out there [in the bowl] and you can’t really describe it. There were some of the guys doing one of the chants and the noise even with just a few guys singing was immense, so imagine what it’s going to be like when the place is full! It’s going to be fabulous.”
Graham Roberts said: “We got here very early this morning, had a walk around and it’s mind-blowing, absolutely mind-blowing. The stadium is fantastic. The food hall is fantastic but when you sit in your seat and you see the pitch… wow. I don’t know how to word it. Walking down that tunnel, the players are going to get such a buzz because the supporters are so near the pitch. This is going to be a fortress.”
We thank fans for attending our first event at the new stadium and for your co-operation with our new procedures.
Further events will be held in due course.