Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Address: 782 High Road,
Capacity: 62,850 (All-Seater)
Simply a world-class venue, not just for football but for whatever event you want it to hold. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium carries with it a very Americanised feel, and that plays a big part in what makes it such a top multi-purpose stadium. It’s clear that this ground has been designed to suit American sports as much as English sports.
You could place this stadium in any major US city and it would not look out of place one bit.
The project for the new home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club had been in the works since 2007, though construction did not begin until some eight years later. The stadium is built almost exactly on the spot that Spurs’ former home White Hart Lane was based.
‘The Lane’ had been Tottenham’s stadium between 1899 and 2017, and whilst construction of the new ground took place, Spurs were allowed to play their games elsewhere in London at Wembley Stadium.
It was always going to take something special to replace a ground so close to the hearts of fans, but it’s safe to say that their new home is a truly incredible place.
Location and Getting There
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which is waiting for its naming rights to be sold, is located in Northumberland Park, itself within the Tottenham area of Haringey, a London borough around 6.5 miles north of the Centre of London. Edmonton is to the north, the River Lea is to the east, Stamford Hill is towards the south, and Bowes Park is towards the west.
As with every London-based stadium, there are a number of ways you can reach it, but the most common method you will find fans using is undoubtedly public transport.
Driving there and finding a place to park is something I would not recommend doing, as is the case with any stadium in one of the world’s biggest cities.
There are railway stations from every direction, with the two closest being White Hart Lane, just a five minute walk west from the ground, and Northumberland Park, around 10 minutes walk east of the stadium.
Silver Street to the north of the stadium and Bruce Grove to the south both run on the same line as the White Hart Lane station.
Outside the Stadium
Regardless of which way you approach the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, you are greeted with a truly spectacular and unique exterior design.
The ground is essentially a giant glass bowl, with a gradient panel design that runs predominantly across the western, northern and eastern sides of the stadium. This panel design opens up in places along the stadium’s exterior to show the entrances, concourses, and executive areas inside each stand.
Electronic signs are in place all the way around which help guide fans to their specific gate. There are 23 of these in total at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The West Stand runs along the High Road (A1010). In the centre of the stand are Gates 2, 3 and 4, which are all Premium Entrances. Gate 1 is slightly to the right of here, with Gates 5, 6 and 7 over towards the northwest corner.
Tottenham Hotspur's Main Ticket Office and Security Office is housed a little away from Gate 7 in this corner of the stadium.
Gates 8, 9 and 10 are in the centre of the North Stand.
You get up to here along Paxton Terrace, which is accessible by staircases next to the stadium's northeast and northwest corners.
Right in front of the North Stand is a large building that holds both a Sainsbury's and the London Academy of Excellence. You can't get to Paxton Terrace from outside this building, so you will have to walk along Northumberland Park to either the northeast or northwest corners and head round to the North Stand gates from there.
The Northeast corner holds Gates 11 and 12, which are the away turnstiles, and there is an Away Ticket Office also in place close by.
Continuing along Worcester Avenue brings you to the East Stand, which looks very similar in design to the West Stand opposite. Gates 14, 15 and 16 are the Premium Entrances for this stand, with Gate 13 to the left of here and Gate 17 to the right.
Gate 18 is in the southeast corner of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. There is a large electronic screen attached to the wall above this corner which shows team news in the build-up to the game.
You can reach here up a set of staircases, and continuing round from there brings you to the South Stand on Park Lane Square. Gates 19, 20, 21 and 22 are all based here.
Park Lane runs outside the South Stand, and many mobile food trucks are set up here for fans to get food from before heading into the stadium itself.
Gate 23 is in the stadium's southwest corner, and in front of this is a large glass building. It currently holds the Tottenham Hotspur Shop and Stadium Tours Entrance, with plans to add a Sky-Walk and a Tottenham Hotspur Museum in the coming years.
Like the southeast corner, there is a large electronic screen attached to the exterior that displays team news in the build-up to the game.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Bags are not prohibited at the ground, but the recommendation is to avoid bringing one as it needs to meet specific requirements and be searched thoroughly.
Inside the Stadium
The Americanised feel of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium continues once you go inside.
Each Stand's inner concourse is divided into multiple levels that lead to the seating blocks, and on each level are a number of areas you can grab food and drink. It shares similarities with that of a train station; hundreds of people travelling from floor to floor along a network of staircases and paths, looking to kill time as they wait for the main event to begin.
The West Stand is split into four levels.
The first tier is the largest, with a couple of premium seating blocks towards the back.
The second tier is smaller, whilst the tier above that is made up of only a few rows and is part of the executive boxes behind it.
The fourth tier is similar in size to the bottom tier and offers some of the highest up seats anywhere in the stadium. Tottenham Hotspur's changing rooms are based inside the West Stand, with the dugouts and tunnel down the very front.
There are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof, and so your view of the pitch from any of the four levels in the West Stand is perfectly clear.
Part way up the West Stand is an open space which is taken up by the Tottenham Hotspur DJ. They provide the music and activities in the build-up to the game, and it is yet another example of how Americanised the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium feels.
The North Stand consists of three tiers, all of which are directly connected to the three biggest tiers from the West Stand, and there are rows of executive boxes separating each level from one another.
The top tier of the North Stand is semi-circular in shape, so the back row is higher up in the centre of the stand than at the edges. A large electronic screen is in place up above the back row of both the northeast and northwest corners.
Much like the West Stand, there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof, and so your view from anywhere inside the North Stand is perfectly clear.
The East Stand follows a very similar design to the West Stand.
Three of its four tiers are directly connected to the North Stand's levels, meaning that these tiers loop around three sides of the ground. There is also a very small group of executive seating blocks just above the second tier, with executive boxes along the back that separate each level from one another.
Your view is once again perfectly clear from any seat in the East Stand as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof.
The South Stand is split into two tiers. The upper level is much larger than the one below, but you can freely get between one and the other.
The top tier is semi-circular in shape and the very back row is a similar height to the upper tiers in both the North, East and West Stands. You can get a very good view of the London landscape from out behind this back row as well.
The lower tier is the stadium's designated safe standing section. The area uses rail seating to enhance the atmosphere on a matchday, and it allows fans to safely stand during a game whilst leaning on the metal bar out in front of them. Rail seating is a fairly new addition to English football stadiums, but much more common in the German Bundesliga.
As with the rest of the stadium, there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof, ensuring a perfectly clear view for anyone sat or stood in this stand.
The southeast and southwest corners additionally have large electronic screens above them which show action replays and a live scoreboard whilst the game is taking place.
Away fans are typically placed behind and around the goal in the bottom tier of the North Stand. Depending on the allocation given by Tottenham Hotspur, they can take up the entire bottom section, at which point they are segregated by rows of stewards from the home fans close by, or given just one side of the bottom tier, usually around the northeast corner.
Having Tottenham Hotspur fans in the tiers above them can really help to boost the atmosphere on a matchday, as the away section try to be heard amongst the thousands of home supporters surrounding them on all sides.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Antwerp Arms (168-170 Church Road, N17 8AS) (Home and Away Supporters Welcome)
-The Bricklayer's Arms (803 High Road, N17 8ER) (Home Supporters Only)
-Elbow Room (503-505 High Street, N17 6QA) (Home Supporters Mostly, Non-Rival Away Supporters Typically Welcome)
-Haringey Irish Centre (Pretoria Road, N17 8DX) (Away Supporters Only)
-The Nags Head Wood Green (203 High Road, N22 6DR) (Home and Away Supporters Welcome)
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium truly is one of the best sports venues on the planet. Designed to put the fans first and give them the best experience they can, your view from every seat is perfect, there’s a whole host of things to do before the game begins, and with the tightest of security and segregation, there are few grounds in the world that you will feel safer visiting.
Get this one right at the top of your stadium bucket list.