The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened on Wednesday, April 3, when Spurs met Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Designed by Populous, the new stadium is a major landmark for both Tottenham and London. With a capacity of 62,062, it is the biggest club stadium in the city and, by incorporating a fully retractable pitch, the first in the world to be custom-built to stage football and NFL games. The stadium will host its first NFL game in autumn 2019, showcasing its unique ability to accommodate the technical and operational requirements of the world’s two most popular sports.
The retractable pitch will also enable Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to host concerts and other events, fulfilling the club’s ambition to create a major sports and entertainment destination that will support the ongoing regeneration of Tottenham, 365 days a year.
The stadium has been designed to generate one of the best match day atmospheres in the world, with uninterrupted sightlines and spectators closer to the pitch than at any comparable ground in the UK. The stands are angled at 35° – the steepest angle permitted – to create a tighter, atmospheric stadium bowl that focuses on the southern ‘home end’, where 17,500 spectators will come together to generate a ‘wall of sound’ in the largest single-tier stand in the UK.
The areas at the front of the stand, as well as the away supporters’ section, have been future-proofed for safe standing, with a first-of-its-kind design that gives equal precedence to safety and comfort. The rows of seating are separated by an ergonomically profiled bar set at 900mm, for clear sightlines. Each of the seats, which provide the same levels of comfort and legroom as in all other areas of the stadium, is fitted with a lock, to ensure it can be securely fixed in the upright position.