Last week, Jorge Mas praised the good job at Lockhart for the stadium to be ready on time. We all saw an amazing video on what Miami Freedom Park will look like. So we decided to launch a new Inter305 investigation and study the most beautiful stadium in the world: The Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium.
The project of building the new stadium began in 2008. It was at this time that this ambitious plan was first announced by the former residents of White Hart Lane. Exactly like the future Miami Freedom Park, the construction of the stadium was part of a much larger urban project: the Northumberland Development Project. The aim was to boost and develop the neighborhood by creating both new structures and employment. But finally, the enclosure took a little more than ten years out of the ground. While the project started in 2015, Londoners have reviewed their plans several times and have accumulated delays, notably because of security system failures. Originally planned for September 2018, the inauguration took place on April 3, 2019. On that day, the Spurs officially took possession of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which masterfully in the city.
After an opening ceremony with great fanfare, they faced and beat Crystal Palace (2-0). Heung-min Son was the first official scorer in the stadium’s history. A stadium whose name is not yet final since the English club is waiting for a big offer on the naming side. No doubt that several brands or sponsors are already interested in the idea of attaching their name and their image to this magnificent enclosure. With a maximum capacity of 62,062 seats, it is the third largest stadium in England behind Wembley (90,000) and Old Trafford (75,643). In addition to having the second largest Premier League stadium behind Manchester United, the Spurs also have London’s biggest league in the league. A major asset for Tottenham, it has already welcomed four times more than 60,000 spectators since its inauguration. The highest influx took place on August 10 on the first day of the Premier League against Aston Villa. 60,407 people were present in the stands to admire Tottenham win 3 to 1 with goals from Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Kane (2 goals).
The stadium is regularly full and fans can play their role as twelfth man. This is particularly the case of the South Stand, which is overlooked on the roof by a golden cock, the symbol of the club. With a capacity of 17,500 seats, this atypical stand was designed on the model of the yellow wall of Signal Iduna Park Borussia Dortmund. The atmosphere is fierce in the kop that really pushes for most of the games. This was the case on Tuesday, November 26 against Olympiakos in Champions League. In addition to the Spurs wall, which extends all the way to a single level, the stadium is based on three other stands that have each been built on three levels. The Tottenham Stadium allows spectators to have a perfect panoramic view of the stadium, where four giant screens are placed at each corner.
It has been designed to make an unforgettable experience for football fans, as Spurs President Daniel Levy explained. “Our breathtaking new stadium design and our larger program will provide an unparalleled fan experience and significant community benefits; creating a world-class sports and entertainment destination for everyone in our Tottenham neighborhood. ” While the stadium is beautiful, it is also made to give the fans the ultimate experience, full of equipment and ultra modern facilities. It is also in the auditorium (100 seats placed facing a giant screen) of the official store of Tottenham that you can by all kinds of Tottenham gear. There are also visits every 15 or 30 minutes. Decided to strike a blow, the Londoners have not skimped on the means since it is the largest shop for fans in Europe. In this place of a little over 20,000 square feet, there are jerseys and products derived from Spurs (mug, linens, etc …). There are also tunics and other NFL products, as the English team hosts two football matches every year.
In the back of the stadium is the “West Atrial” (5 storey atrium). This is where fans get together and players arrive on match days. With a long digital wall of 69 meters, and a time capsule that was buried on December 12, 2018 by the president and some players of the academy (it will be open in 2068).
Then, towards the lodges (more than sixty) and the stands, from which we can see the boxes hanging just below the roof. These allow to have a magnificent view and to live an incredible experience. It is also possible to live a VIP experience by purchasing a day in the Tunnel Club, a box with a large bay window directly overlooking the tunnel where players wait before entering the lawn. About one hundred people can come to taste the dishes of starred chefs or have a drink before the game, during half-time and after the meeting. It is not uncommon to see players stick their faces on the glass to take a look from the hallway just after the final whistle to look in the screens what happens in the VIP.
The locker room designed so that the coach can be in the center and visible to all players, who can change places from one match to another. Each player has a locker with under the seat air conditioning if needed. The club wanted a window on the ceiling. This being not possible, a light coming closest to the daylight was installed. In adjacent rooms, there are other high-end equipment like a pool and a gym.
On the field, the view is also impressive. Gardeners are working tirelessly to pamper this impeccable green rectangle. The Spurs have also planned two locker rooms under the north stand that can accommodate smaller football teams.
Tottenham Stadium can also host rugby matches. Indeed, the Londoners announced last April to have found a 5-year agreement with the Saracens Rugby Club who will play the “Big Game” Gallagher Premiership Rugby from 2020. “This agreement with the Saracens reinforces our aspiration to create ‘a multi-purpose world class venue in our town of Tottenham,‘ said Daniel Levy. The stadium will host the finals of the European Rugby Union Cup and the European Rugby Union Challenge in 2021. In addition to being a multipurpose sports venue, the “new White Hart Lane” is a tool to accommodate any kind of events.
Modern and connected, with impeccable wifi networks, giant screens in front of the stadium, this stadium designed for sports fans and fans has an art gallery, a hotel, a micro-brewery or a bar. The Spurs will also launch a museum in 2020. A real money maker, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium never stops to live, since it is the club headquarters, the shop and the ticket office and restaurants. A little gem that was very expensive. According to The Times, its price would be around 1.25 billion dollar. The price to pay to make it one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world. A very similar price than the Miami Freedom Park, for a much larger stadium.
Lately, Tottenham has won two trophies at the 2019 Stadium Business Design & Development Awards. The first title won was “Project of the Year for a New Construction Project Completed – or Expansion, Modernization or Major Capital Improvement”. an existing site – which has achieved all its goals and more.
The second trophy is the “Interior & Fit-Out Award”, which rewards an indoor project, hosting, fan zones, meeting rooms or makeover that sets a new standard for the industry. interior decoration and layout of major sports venues. But the results are there since it allows the Spurs to have many streams of money. It will be necessary to wait again to see their first balance sheet. But what is certain is that Tottenham has a “great tool.” Arrived recently on the bench of the Spurs, José Mourinho did not hide that he was bluffed. “I think you are too humble when you say “beautiful stadium”, too humble. You must say the best stadium in the world.It’s the reality: Hard to say the opposite after visiting it or watching the Amazon Prime documentary dedicated to Tottenham. We are very impatient to discover the Miami Freedom Park and its amazing features.