Thursday 20 June 2019

‘Genuinely breathtaking’: Spurs fans react to their first visit to new stadium

Tottenham held a ‘fan familiarisation event’ at their new stadium on Sunday, with 6,000 season ticket holders in attendance.

Tottenham Hotspur’s new White Hart Lane stadium in London was opened to a number of fans – (John Walton/PA and Paul West)
Tottenham Hotspur’s new White Hart Lane stadium in London was opened to a number of fans – (John Walton/PA and Paul West)

By Max McLean, Press Association

Tottenham fans have been sharing images from inside their new stadium for the first time as the club held a “fan familiarisation event” at the new ground.

There have been several delays to the opening of the stadium since the north London club left their old ground in 2017, and the club will continue to play at Wembley in the new year.

But despite the frustrations, the fans were clearly excited as they glimpsed their new home from the south stand and podium areas.

Around 6,000 season ticket holders were in attendance for the visit, among them Andy Baxter, who told the Press Association: “We’ve all seen clips and sneak previews online but walking into the place for the first time is like going to your first game all over again.

“It is genuinely breathtaking and the pain of Wembley will very soon be forgotten once this place hosts its first game.”

Donny Murray, 46, is another fan who was in attendance. “I’ve never been in a sports arena like that anywhere in the world,” he said.

“The views from multiple locations in the south stand were quite simply great,” Donny continued. “I don’t think anyone will have a bad view, the sight lines and steepness of the stands is something.

“Being there today quelled my anger at the delays as it’s certainly worth it. We will be moving in soon.”

Paul West, 39, told the Press Association: “It’s absolutely incredible, (I) can’t wait to see my first game.”

Meanwhile, it looks as though hearing the sound system won’t be an issue at the new ground.

And the pie selection is enough to get the mouth watering if the views of the pitch hadn’t already done so.

Plenty more shared their emotions upon returning to White Hart Lane, where the new stadium has been built in the same location as the old one.

The club has said in a statement they were expecting an update from contractors in the week commencing January 7 2019 – when they finally do move in, it will surely be a day – and a game – to remember.

Press Association

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