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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Capacity: 62,303 (all seated)
Address: 782 High Road, London, N17 0BX
Telephone: 0344 499 5000
Ticket Office: 0344 844 0102*
Pitch Size: 115 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass***
Club Nickname: Spurs
Year Ground Opened: 2019**
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: AIA
Kit Manufacturer:Nike
Home Kit: White and Navy
Away Kit: Navy Blue

                    
                    

New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium SignWell, it may have been late opening and come in over budget, but the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been worth waiting for. To say that it is fantastic, would be an understatement. With a capacity of 62,303 it is the second largest stadium in the Premier League. Not only is its size impressive, but the design and quality of build too. Plus the stadium has been built very much with the fan experience in mind and it boasts some great facilities, that are already the envy of other clubs.

Walking along the High Road, then from the outside, the stadium has very much a modern look with a large glassed frontage and metallic coloured cladding. There are large LED screens too on the external walls, adding to the overall feel and look. Also noticeable on the sides of the stadium are large open flaps, which I assume are to allow more to get through to the pitch.

Inside the stadium, you can’t help notice its large imposing curved roof that sweeps around the ground. Although essentially a bowl design, the new Spurs stadium offers something a little different. The main West Stand on one side and the East Stand opposite, are very similar both being four-tiered. Both have a large top and lower tier, with two smaller tiers sandwiched in-between. These two smaller tiers are mostly for corporate hospitality areas. Above the tiered areas below the roof, there is a glassed fronted area running along the length of the stands, that I assume is also used for corporate guests. The West Stand is the 'Main Stand' having the team dugouts situated out front. At the North End (or Paxton End as it is also known), the stand is three-tiered, whilst opposite the club have built the single largest stand in the country. Although this stand has just two tiers, it has a staggering 17.500 seats, in 82 rows and is an impressive sight. Each of the top tiers of the stands is semi-circular in look. Above the South Stand mounted on the roof is a large gold coloured cockerel. Very impressive looking too are the four large video screens, one situated under the roof in each corner.

Tap InnAway fans are housed in the lower tier of the North East corner of the stadium, where up to 3,000 fans can be accommodated for Premier League matches. A much larger visiting allocation of up to 9,000 can be made available for domestic cup ties. For these matches visiting fans will be housed in the same area of the stadium but over the three tiers. The leg room in this area and views of the playing action are generally good, with fans being located close to pitchside. However towards the end of the season, away fans may find that the sunlight shines directly on that part of the ground, so some shades or a cap may be required.

Entrance to the stadium is gained by first going through a security cordon at Gate 11, where tickets are checked. Then fans are to go through a metal detector (the type of which you would see at an Airport) and are subject to a pat-down search. Lastly, tickets are presented at the automatic turnstiles, for the barcode on the ticket to be read to get inside the ground. Please note that the club operates a strict policy for bringing bags into the stadium. Any carrier bags must be clear of colour and be no more than 30cms long and 30cms high. Whilst only personal bags that are A4 in size or smaller (maximum 21cms x 30cms) will be allowed. The Club do not operate a bag drop off or creche facility, so if arriving with a bag larger than these dimensions you may find yourself with a real dilemma. The gates open to the stadium two hours before kick off.

Inside the stadium, you are presented with a stylish looking concourse, that also has a number of television screens dotted around. The facilities are generally very good and even the toilets are quite 'posh' by football ground standards. The 'Tap Inn' refreshment area offers a range of pies including the Tottenham Signature Pie (£3.50), Chicken Tikka Pie (£4.50) and other Pies including a vegetarian option (£3.50) and  Sausage Rolls (£3.50). No cash is accepted inside the stadium, only cards, so make sure you take a bank card with you.

With the stadium roof quite high above the away fans section, it may be difficult for visiting supporters to really make themselves heard within the stadium, but we shall wait and see. Visiting supporters for Premier League matches will be pleasantly surprised to find that standing rails are in place along each row of seats. These are in place if and when legislation is changed to allow Premier League Clubs to have areas of 'safe standing.' However in the meantime the club a little ironically has a strict no 'persistent standing' rule, so don't be surprised if you have stewards telling you to sit down if you are standing. Also although the stadium has cost a small fortune to build, they didn't include padded seats as standard, so MK Dons still have one over on this stadium… Still, overall it is an excellent venue and one that should be quite a spectacle on matchdays and have a good atmosphere. You can also enjoy a pre-match light show for evening kicks offs.

One other positive is that the stadium has been designed with the modern fan in mind and has free high capacity Wi-Fi available, including all major networks. Simply select on your mobile phone Wi-Fi settings the network called ‘Stadium_Guest.’ After you have accepted the Club's terms and conditions, you will then be connected.

Beavertown Brewery Tottenham SignMost pubs in the area of the stadium are for home fans only with doormen present. The Haringey Irish Centre on Pretoria Road which is opposite White Hart Lane station has a large hall set aside for away fans, shows Sky Sports and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. You can also park at the Irish Centre, but I believe it costs £20 per car. Dean Palmer adds; 'When you get off the train at White Hart Lane, go straight out of the metal gates and walk straight down the road in front of you. After a couple of hundred yards, there is a car park on the left hand side, and the social club is in there. There are always a few away fans in there, and kids are also allowed in there too'.  

There is also the Antwerp Arms on Church Road which normally has a good mixture of home and away fans. This community-owned pub serves real and enjoys a pleasant position, looking out over Bruce Castle Park. It is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and serves beers from the nearby Redemption Brewery.

The nearby Compass Industrial Estate has a number of units brewing beer that open up their doors on matchdays. Each has a small bar and are only a 5-10 minute walk from the away turnstiles and close to where the away coaches are parked. On Tariff Road there is the Tottenham Brewing Company, which houses 3 craft breweries; Watling Street Beer, Trial & Error and Oddly. It is family-friendly and hot dogs are also available to purchase. On West Road is the One Mile End Brewery and around the corner from there are the Redemption Brewery and the Bohem Brewery (the latter specialising in brewing Bohemian Lagers).

It may be an idea to drink in Central London before the game and then take a train to White Hart Lane Station. If getting the overground train there from Liverpool Street Station then there is a Wetherspoon outlet called the Hamilton Hall which is popular with football fans.

Alcohol is available inside the ground in the form of Amstel Lager (£4.50 per pint). You get to see it poured in front of you in just three seconds. The new stadium has an American system whereby the plastic glass is placed on a machine and is filled up from the bottom. When the server lifts the filled glass a magnetic disk sticks to the bottom, sealing it tight. Ingenious! However don't be tempted once you have the beer in your hand to push up the magnetic disk at the bottom, as it will empty all over the floor quicker than it was poured! Other alcohol drinks available include bottles or cans of Heineken Lager, Bulmers Cider, Guinness, Wine plus Craft Ale from the stadium's own brewery called Beavertown (£4-£5.50). Martin Holtom informs me; 'Me and my mate had a pint of draught lager each at £4 per pint at halftime. Very nice actually. Please be advised that if you buy bottled beer the staff will not give you the bottle even though they are plastic. Instead, they decant the contents into a plastic glass. The guy in the queue in front of me bought 10 (yes ten!) bottles of Budweiser which took almost all of halftime to decant/serve. I was almost dying of thirst while I waited for my turn!' Please note that if you appear to be under 25 then you may be asked to produce ID to purchase alcohol.

Steve Dobson adds; 'I also suggest that visiting fans with a thirst for real ale, consider catching the train from Liverpool Street and stop off at Hackney Downs to visit the Pembury Tavern. Good beer and quality food. From there it is only 10 minutes on the train to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The pub is only a couple of hundred yards from Hackney Downs station on Amhurst Road'. The pub which is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide has no less than 16 real ales on offer! The question is, will you still then make it to the match?

Zeelo logo Zeelo is running direct coach services for home fans travelling to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. With the long and crowded tube or tiring drive, Zeelo offers a hassle free service straight to the stadium. Travel in a comfortable coach, with a guaranteed seat and soak in the atmosphere with other fans. This family-friendly service has special rates for seniors and children. Check the Zeelo website for more details.

Leave the M25 at Junction 25 and take the A10 towards Enfield. Continue on the A10 through Enfield and at the roundabout with the Northern Circular (A406), turn left onto the A406 (Sterling Way). Turn right into Fore Road (the A1010) which becomes the High Road and you will come to the stadium on your left.

There is no parking available at the stadium itself for supporters and a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) is in operation on matchdays, which extends up to a mile away from the ground. Within this zone, only local residents who have a parking permit and blue badge holders can park legally. The perimeter of the zone is up to a mile from the stadium and this has led to some private car parks near to the stadium charging up to £20 for the privilege. If you do decide to park away from the stadium then make sure that you take notice of the advisory parking notices attached to lamp posts, to ensure you are outside the CPZ Zone, as otherwise, you may find that your car gets towed away. 

Seven Sisters Buses To Tottenham Hotspur SignWhite Hart Lane Railway Station is the nearest to the stadium, which is only a few minutes walk away. It is served by trains from Liverpool Street. However visiting fans are being encouraged instead to use Northumberland Park Station, which is over beyond the side of the ground that the away fans are housed. It is only a ten minute walk away. On exiting the station cross the road and proceed along Park Lane. On reaching the stadium turn right and the entrance to the away supporters turnstiles is far down on the left. Northumberland Park is served by trains from Stratford.

The nearest London Underground station is Seven Sisters which is on the Victoria Line. The ground is a good 30-35 minute walk away, but there are plenty of buses running up Tottenham High Road to the ground. On leaving Seven Sisters take exit 1, which leads up and out to the relevant bus stops. Chris Knibs informs me; 'Although there are plenty of buses, not many of them go past the ground. Those that do mostly have numbers that end in a 9, so take 149, 249, 279 or 349. You can also get a normal overground train from Seven Sisters to White Hart Lane station. For travelling across London by public transport I recommend planning your journey ahead with the use of the Travel For London Plan your journey website.

As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Adults £30
Over 65's £19
Under 22's £22.50
Under 18's £17

Official Programme £3.50

New White Hart Lane Stadium

The Club have commenced with the building of a new 61,559 all seater stadium, on the existing White Hart Lane site. Works are well underway in the area behind the North Stand and the North East corner of the White Hart Lane ground, has also been demolished, however the Spurs team will continue to play there for the 2016/17 season. Full works will commence in May 2017, with a view to the the new stadium opening in time for the start of the 2018/19 season. This will mean that the Club will play their homes games next season at Wembley. It is believed that the new stadium will cost in the region of £450m. It features a large single tiered home end, which with a capacity of 17,500, will be the largest in Britain. The artists impression (on the right) of how the new stadium might look, as well as others and more detailed information about the overall scheme, can be found on the Tottenham Hotspur FC website. You can also view live webcams of the construction.

Wembley StadiumWith the building works being undertaken on the new Stadium, the Club have elected to play their Champions League home ties this season at Wembley Stadium, rather than at White Hart Lane. I think it is likely that the Club will use Wembley Stadium for all their home matches for the 2017/18 season whilst their new White Hart :Lane Stadium is being built.

However, by staging this season's Champions League games at Wembley Stadium, this will allow the Club to judge whether the fans will be happy with such a move, before making the groundshare formal for next years. Visit our Wembley Stadium page for more information and stadium photos.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can save on the price of train tickets.

Click on the trainline logo below:

StubHub is the official ticketing marketplace partner of Tottenham Hotspur FC. This allows season ticket holders to sell tickets for individual matches where they are unable to attend. As they are being sold by supporters, prices tend to be normally more reasonable than going through a ticketing agency. Please note these tickets are for Home or Neutral supporters only. Check out their current availability of Tottenham Hotspur FC Tickets.

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Booking.comIf you require hotel accommodation in London then first try a hotel booking service provided by Booking.com. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Just input the dates below that you wish to stay and then select from the map the hotel of interest to get more information. The map is centered on the football ground. However, you can drag the map around or click on +/- to reveal more hotels in the City Centre or further afield.

Tottenham Hotspur fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the  Level Playing Field website

The Club offers regular guided tours of the stadium on most days. The cost of the tour is Adults £30, Concessions £27 Over 65's £11, Under 16's £15, Under 5's Free. You can book your tour via the Tottenham Hotspur website.

The Club have received permission from Haringey Council to add a total of 151 seats to the North and South Stands. This will increase the overall capacity of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to 62,213.

Record Attendance

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
61,104 v Chelsea
Premier League, 22nd December 2019

At Wembley Stadium:
85,512 v Bayer Leverkusen Champions League, 2nd November 2016
This is the highest ever attendance recorded by an English Club for a home match.

Average Attendance

At Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:
2019-2020: 59,384 (Premier League)

At Wembley/New Stadium:
2018-2019: 54,216 (Premier League)

At Wembley Stadium
2017-2018: 67,953 (Premier League)

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour Video was produced by Roobenstein  and made publicly available via YouTube.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at: [email protected] and I'll update the guide.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Queens Park Rangers
    Premier League
    Sunday October 30th 2011, 4pm
    By Ben Buckingham (QPR fan)

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

    The previous Sunday, QPR had won their biggest league fixture for over 15 years by beating our biggest rivals Chelsea 1-0 at Loftus Road. The whole club has been on a massive high and as fans we have never felt so proud supporting QPR. Neil Warnock has brought that feeling back for our supporters and heading to Tottenham for the first time in 15 years was going to be a big challenge. This was going to be our biggest test of the season as Spurs were on great form and had won six of seven games prior to this fixture.

    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    As for any London game, the tube is probably the best bet rather than sitting in hours of traffic going through Central London and with so many parking restrictions near stadiums these days, it is probably not worth the hassle of going by car. We set off from Hillingdon station at 1pm, the three of us Clive, Mark and myself. After kissing my 20 month old daughter Laila goodbye (in her new QPR shirt, thanks to Uncle Ian) we only had a 30 second wait for a met line train. Our plan was to head to Liverpool Street and jump on the overground train to White Hart Lane (instead of going via the Victoria Line and walking 20 minutes from Seven Sisters). The entire journey took over an hour and a half which did seem to drag slightly, this was with a 15 minute turnaround at Liverpool Street. My Twin brother (Ian) and his Thai (girlfriend) were the usual highlight of conversations! It was a simple 5 minute walk to the stadium from White Hart Lane station and was hassle free grabbing a programme en-route and admiring the  surroundings.

    3. What you did before the game pub/chippy…. home fans friendly?

    Heading to this part of London we didn’t fancy venturing into any local pubs so we decided to head straight into the ground. I actually rank the Tottenham area as bad as going to Luton or Rotherham away – it is an awful place. It is grey, dirty and generally a place you don’t really want to be. The Tottenham High Road must have had 10 kebab shops that we passed and it just looked like a dump in general. We wasn’t tempted with the ‘Tottenham Family Kebab shop’ either! There wasn’t any hassle with the Spurs fans at all and we went straight into the upper tier for away fans. I wouldn’t go as far as saying the home fans were friendly, but there wasn’t any bad feeling.

    4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

    The stadium actually doesn’t look overly impressive approaching it. The North Stand structure looks very bizarre on walking to the ground with the roof structure looking a bit out of place. Approaching the ground from White Hart Lane station it isn’t clearly visible and you basically walk the length of the West Stand to get into the away end. We opted for the upper tier tickets and the view from this section was fantastic, well worth the extra £5. We were in the closest block to the West Stand so looking straight ahead was looking into the South Stand. The whole stadium has a great look but isn’t like a typical new stadium bowl which is a good thing. Every side you look at has something different about it and is very impressive. One of the nicest stadiums on the inside I have been to! The upper tier does feel very steep but the view is excellent. One thing I found very odd was the lack of segregation in the stadium, it was literally a small wall between home and away fans on both sides with very few stewards, this must be different for high profile games.

    5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

    The atmosphere I thought would have been better with a bit more banter from the home fans. I know QPR aren’t a big London derby now for Spurs but the home fans were a bit too quiet. The QPR fans were in good voice and quite rightly singing over and over about our 1-0 victory over Chelsea (which some South Stand Spurs fans applauded). I went for the pie and beer deal for £6.50 and the balti pie was very good and the Carlsberg was freezing cold which was a nice surprise and there was no queue either. The toilets were ‘a bit slippery under foot’ at half-time. The stewards were fine in the upper tier but I heard they didn’t control things very well in the lower tier and a lot of our fans were stood in the gangways. 

    As for the match – this to be fair was a Spurs masterclass! Just had to sit back and accept that man for man Spurs had such quality and were playing some amazing football. We were disappointed with how QPR started the game and we were 2-0 down at half-time. A couple of changes and formation at half time and we scored early on giving Spurs a scare. With 20 minutes left Gareth Bale scored a stunning goal with some brilliant link up play with Van der Vart. It ended 3-1 to Spurs but we were proud with how Rangers fought back and didn’t lay down and die. 

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    We stayed to applaud the Rangers players and it took ten minutes to get outside. The fans were all mixing and didn’t see any problems. We walked back down the delightful Tottenham High Road to get back to White Hart Lane station. When we arrived at the station the queue seemed never ending and we thought we would be there forever. We walked back up to the road (White Hart Lane) which is the road the station entrance is on. A tip for fans doing this in future – cut down Whitehall Street as you will approach the back of the queue this way, instead of walking all the way around and past the entire queue. It took 45 minutes to get back to Liverpool Street where we grabbed a Samosa and cold drink to keep us going! (as we were wasting away!). The whole journey from Hillingdon to White Hart Lane return cost only £4.50 due to not swiping oyster cards on the overground which was a touch…I arranged for my lovely wife to meet me at West Harrow around 8.15pm and said goodbye to the boys who continued back to Hillingdon. 

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    Definitely a stadium worth visiting and it was one of the best internally I have seen. I can see why Spurs want to move away from White Hart Lane though as they need a bigger stadium. Tottenham is a horrible place and I think we made the right call not looking for a pub before the game. If it was a normal Saturday kick-off we would have given ourselves more time for a beer at Liverpool Street. Disappointed with how QPR started the game but pleased we fought back and made a good game of it and our fans were excellent once again. The travelling time to London grounds makes the day feel so much longer than it should be, over 2 hours from North East London to North West London is ridiculous – I did Doncaster to Hillingdon in just two hours 2 seasons ago (with speed restrictions on the M1)…crazy! Onto Stoke away in a few weeks…

  • Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
    Premier League
    Sunday 6th October 2013, 4pm
    By James Weeks (West Ham United fan) 

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)

    Well, being a member at West Ham, games like Spurs and Chelsea away are normally sold out before Members can touch them, so hearing it would reach our goodselves, I could hardly resist. It was also going to be a new ground for my 92 count, so that added to the excitement.

    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

    We caught the 10:26 from Exeter to London Paddington, which took just 2 hours 7 minutes meaning we had some time to spare, but after eating we took the tube to Liverpool Street and then the Greater Anglia service to White Hart Lane. After leaving the station its a short 10-15 minute walk to the ground, on a busy match day just follow the numerous amounts of fans and you'll get there soon as the ground is visible upon arrival.

    3. What you did before the game pub/chippy…. home fans friendly?

    Because we suffered a loss of the tickets, we needed to pick up duplicates at the ticket office which was right outside the away end. There's a lot of nice looking food trailers around the ground which I couldn't ignore. The Spurs fans around us were pretty nice blokes and didn't make us feel intimidated or out of place. However, once we reached the area by the away section, the looks we were getting weren't so friendly, whether this was because of the whole Anti-Semitic incident last season or just because of the rivalry I wasn't sure.

    4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

    From the outside I was a little impressed. It towered above the near by houses and shops and stuck out remarkably. Because we were row Y of the upper tier (right at the back) we had a very good view of the stadium, which struck me as quite a strange ground, with four stands that had been filled to each side, giving it an enclosed but individual look. It did look smart.

    5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    I tucked into a Burger and a coke which was the best meal I've ever had at a Football ground before, the Burger was superb and the two cost around £6, maybe a bit hefty. The game began and the first half was very poor, chances a few from both sides. A well worked free kick saw Nolan fire just wide but apart from that it was a bit of a damp squib. 0-0 would be a brilliant result if we could hold on, but we didn't hold on to a 0-0. Corner came into the box and a header from Reid struck Nolan who was stood on the line, prompting a man in front to say some words I'll never forget, "Nolan you're useless!! You can't do anything right-" before he could finish, Reid had put in the rebound and bodies flew everywhere, down the aisles, over chairs, in faces, drinks in the air… Then, Vaz te scored and the scenes were repeated again, and then again after an incredible solo goal from Morrison. The atmosphere was unreal and as the whistle blew, the ground was empty apart from the 3,200 Irons in the corner, celebrating a mind blowing 3-0 win!

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Joining the Police Escort we hopped on a train to Liverpool Street, crammed inside the small carriages the atmosphere was incredible, the hundreds singing whilst getting off the train at Liverpool Street made the day, the noise was electric and the whole day was summed up.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Very nice ground, best day of my life and the best away end I'll ever experience, I'd highly recommend visiting WHL if you're a travelling fan, the food is exquisite and if you have half the day we did, you'll have a ball. Definitely will be visiting in the future. 

  • Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
    Premier League
    Thursday 26th December 2013, 3pm
    Sam Stevenson (West Brom fan) 

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):  

    I had never been to White Hart Lane before. It is always nice to go to a new ground, shame West Brom seem to have been away on more than their fair share of Boxing Days recently.  And with both teams having recently sacked their managers, I felt it was a good opportunity for us to get a result.

    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?  

    We drove, and parked very easily (for a tenner) in the Tottenham Community Sports Centre almost opposite the ground.  It was probably easy because we arrived too early! Very simple access for away fans from this car park.

    3. What you did before the game pub/chippy…. home fans friendly?  

    I was with my parents, so ate some sandwiches in the car and listened to the Hull vMan Utd game on the radio. Saw the away coaches arrive, no 'trouble' on the road and happily walked to the ground in my colours.

    4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?  

    Looked quite modern, very narrow turnstiles (I'm not that big, but it was a real squeeze) then quite a climb up to the upper tier. Had a couple of drinks in the concourse before the game (£3.50 for a 500ml bottle of cider). Pretty good view, although we were right in the corner (near Adrian Chiles).  Decent Baggies support, other three (four) sides were almost full, the stand to our right had two or three large pillars that would have blocked some people's view.

    5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

    Referee gifted Spurs a free kick which they scored from, we equalized very soon afterwards and probably edged the first half.  Second half was more even, our keeper was the busier and we probably held on in the end. A fair result. Spurs fans were quiet in the first half, but better in the second half.  Baggies fans loud all game.  

    The stewards were exceptionally friendly and fair.

    Everyone from the ticket checkers and security outside the ground to those 'watching' us during the game.  Don't remember seeing any police: they almost weren't needed. Big congratulations to Spurs for the quality of the stewarding!

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:  

    Disaster!  Almost an hour to leave the car park:  to be fair there was a sign warning that the exit would be closed until the away supporters coaches had left. But we were still not moving 30 minutes after that.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:  

    A good day out, a decent ground and a vital point for the Baggies.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley
    FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
    Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8pm
    Billy Mallett (Doing the 92)

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

    I always look forward to visiting new grounds and I had heard a lot of good things about White Hart Lane. I was looking forward to watching the likes of Lennon, Townsend and Trippier (for Burnley). Although this was a FA Cup match, it was an all Premier League tie and I was looking forward to seeing the standard of football that was hopefully going to be served up. I was expecting the football to be slightly different to my home grown team Oxford United.
     
    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I decided to go by train from Oxford as I didn’t trust the roads into London, especially midweek at rush hour. I went onto Nationalrail.co.uk and it seemed relatively straight forward to get out to Tottenham from Central London. From London Liverpool Street it was a journey time of around 20 minutes to White Hart Lane. I then followed the hoards of fans on the short walk to the stadium. There were a lot of stewards and stadium guides on standby which made me feel very welcome. I think more stadiums should have these guides. Overall my journey was a lot more easier than anticipated.

    3. What you did before the game pub/chippy…. home fans friendly?

    I arrived 20 minutes before kick off so didn’t bother with any pre match drink. I didn’t see many pubs on my walk to the ground anyway. There was however a lot of the usual burger vans on offer with short queues so I decided to get a pretty average and expensive cheese burger (£3.80). There were also spurs shops selling flags and scarves etc but I didn’t stop to investigate.

    I was wearing my Oxford hat which attracted attention from the locals but they were friendly and I had a nice chat with a few.

    4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

    My first impressions was will the game live up to the stadium. The away end is situated in one of the corners next to the main singing contingent of the home fans which creates a great atmosphere. The top tier can be opened to away fans if they bring enough numbers. It is a modern stadium, which I prefer, and has two big screens at the top of the stands each end of the ground. I was in the East Stand lower on the half way line and I had a great view. I was so close to the action that at one point I even caught the ball!

    5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The game was great entertainment. Burnley had been 2-0 up through a great lob and a deflected free kick before Spurs pulled one back all in the first 10 minutes. Lots of entertaining and fluid football with plenty of chances (mainly for the home side). Spurs eventually turned it around to win 4-2 in the second half. Even though the ground wasn’t full, there was a great atmosphere between home fans and the fairly sizeable away contingent. 

    The stewards were polite and willing to help anyone who asked. I attempted getting a drink at half time but quickly gave up after seeing the size of the queue. The facilities were average and similar to most grounds but very clean.

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    I was a bit late getting out the ground after the game and walked the long way round the stadium to the station. When I got to the station there was a huge queue for trains and I feared the worst. But it moved very quickly and I was on the train home before I knew it. However I would expect the queues to be horrendous on a Saturday with a bigger crowd. They might want to put more trains on.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    This was ground number 60 of my 92 and one of the most enjoyable. It was a last minute decision to go and I’m glad I made the effort. Very nice ground with nice fans and I would recommend visiting White Hart Lane.

  • Game Attended

    Tottenham Hotspur v AS Monaco

    Competition

    UEFA Europa League

    Date

    10/12/2015

    Kick Off Time

    8.05

    Team Supported

    Tottenham
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City
    FA.Cup 3rd Round
    Sunday 10th January 2016, 4pm
    Thomas Inglis (Dundee United fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting White Hart Lane?    

    This was English ground number 61 for me. When I had originally booked this weekend in London for me and the wife, I checked the fixtures and was going to take in the Dagenham v Wycombe game as a new ground. Then the FA Cup was also scheduled for that weekend and I was able to secure two tickets for the 'soon to be no more' White Hart Lane. At only £25 a ticket (upper level East Stand), I couldn't pass up the chance.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

    We got the train from central London to Seven Sisters station, and it is pretty much one straight road march to the ground. So fairly easy.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

    We had given ourselves plenty of time to go for a few pre-match drinks and savour the banter. The first pub we visited was the Beehive, where we spoke to a few Leicester fans who couldn't believe the season they were having, talking of Europe and looking out passports. The second was the Elbow Room, good chat with Spurs fans, very friendly. Obviously the Scottish accent went down a treat and talked of football on both sides of the border. Also went to the bookies to put on the customary losing bet.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the White Hart Lane Stadium?    

    As there was almost a full house (35,705) about 500 below capacity, the whole place looked pretty impressive from our position in the upper level of the East Stand. The stadium seemed to be in fairly good condition, though I understand they need to upsize to accommodate more fans.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

    As a neutral, it was an exciting game. Spurs took an early lead inside 10 minutes through Eriksen and were dominating the game. Leicester were playing a containing game, hitting on the break. Okasaki pulled a goal back to make the teams level at half time. We tried to get something to eat but the queues were enormous and it was really to crowded to move on the concourse. According to the wife, not many ladies toilets available either so big queues there too. The stewards were helpful enough, guiding us to correct entry point and inside to our seats.

    So onto the second half, the Leicester fans were singing away as their team came more into the game. A great header from the Leicester defender Waselewski put them in front and their fans went wild, cue some song about Vardy being better than Kane. Spurs still had more of the play, and a fan beside me commented that Spurs were playing as if they were leading with all the pretty passing but getting nowhere! Five minutes to go, time for a super hero to emerge, and on comes Harry Kane. With three minutes left Spurs awarded a penalty 'you know who' scores from the spot to level the tie. White Hart Lane erupted with the Spurs fans singing about Kane being better than Vardy.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    As you would expect it was very busy coming out of the ground, with the road outside being closed to traffic. We went back to the 'Elbow Room' pub for a pint to let the crowds disperse. The Spurs fans that I had spoke to prior to the game came over to speak to us again and reassured me they would win the replay (they did, Spurs won 2-0). We then headed back to Seven Sisters Station and back to hotel.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Another ground ticked off. A good day overall with a four goal match and a bit of banter with both sets of fans.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
    Premier League
    Saturday 6th February 2016, 3pm
    Peter Lee (Watford fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting White Hart Lane?    

    I hadn't been to White Hart Lane since 1988. I also appreciated that this could be my last opportunity I get to visit the current stadium, as Spurs are looking to build a new one. I thought I would make an effort as I still regret not going to Highbury before it was closed.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

    Watford FC had decided to partially offset the extortionate £41 ticket price by offering £1 travel on the club coaches. I took advantage of this offer and was dropped off on Tottenham High Road well before kick-off.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

    Being a bit of a cheapskate and a non-drinker my lunch was the £3 meal deal from the nearby Sainsbury's local. (For the record the sandwich tasted stale). The home fans seemed perfectly fine, just that there seemed to be 100,00 of them! On gaining entry to the ground then irritatingly, after a full body pat down (just like the 1980's) I then had to remove the top from my drink – can't remember the last time I had to do that!

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of White Hart Lane?    

    From the outside White Hart Lane is quite impressive and it was interesting to see the huge hole and foundations of the new stadium outside. The top tier of the away end is up a fair few flights of stairs and gives a great view. The most notable thing is the curve of the West Stand and how the middle is further from the pitch than either end.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

    It didn't help that Watford set up ultra defensively and played even more cautiously so the first half was akin to watching us defend a siege. The Spurs fans, I'm afraid, really deserve the "Only sing when you're winning" tag as there was hardly a peep out of them until they scored. Many will consider me a heretic but I was very glad when the stewards politely asked people not to stand, particularly as the gent next to me had had 20 mins or so blocked by the large, foul mouthed fan in front of him who was something of an embarrassment, especially as he had his young son with him as he "called out" a neighbouring Spurs fan. I can see why Spurs would not want to spend money on a stadium that is going to be knocked down in the very near future and this was reflected in the one working hand dryer in the toilet and the chaotic queuing system for food and drink at half-time – eventually I gave up.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    In order to catch the coaches, there was a good 15 minute walk across a housing estate and industrial estate (we had been warned about this when we were dropped off) and helpful stewards to point the way. Unlike many other grounds I have been to, there was no Police escort for the coaches so we got stuck in the normal jams around White Hart Lane so it took a good hour to travel the 3-4 miles back to the M1.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    The game wasn't great and many of the facilities at White Hart Lane are on their last legs but I was glad to see it before it goes. Traffic around there will always be an absolute nightmare, worse so with the bigger crowds anticipated at the new stadium.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City
    Premier League
    Sunday 2nd October 2016, 12.15pm
    Stephen Welch (Manchester City fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting White Hart Lane?

    It was a top of the table clash and nice to be watching City in England after visiting Swansea and Celtic in the previous week!

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Very straight forward, no hold ups on the motorways; M6, M1 then the A406, but came back after the game via the M25. Found some street parking on Selby Road, which as this was a Sunday, it was free to park!

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    We went to the Haringey Irish Centre with all the other Blues but getting served was a joke. There were about four people serving hundreds so you had to double up your order. £3.90 for a pint of lager but the food was just warmed up chips.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away en d then other sides of White Hart Lane?

    As usual very neat stadium, although part of the far end was missing due to the construction of the new stadium.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Spurs were worthy of their 2-0 win and City weren't really in it. Stewards were fine, didn't taste the food inside as I usually find them overpriced. Stood near the home fans so we were getting plenty of flak coming our way, but banter in the main.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Usual hold ups getting away but nothing serious really.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Could have been better with the right result. Didn't encounter any trouble on the day.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
    Premier League
    Wednesday 4th April 2019, 7.45pm
    David London (Crystal Palace)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    I was really looking forward to this game, as I go to all Palace games home and away, and this was the rarity of a 'new ground' that I hadn't been to before. This was to be my 111th different league ground watching Palace, so I've seen the complete range of good, bad and the ugly grounds! The added bonus was that we were lucky enough to be the first 'competitive' game at the stadium, so it would be a little bit more of a special occasion. I went with my wife and my 9 year old son, and we go to all away games as Crystal Palace 'away season ticket holders' (which is a scheme that guarantees we can choose our exact seat from the seating plan at every Palace away game)

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    I always used to drive to the ‘old’ White Hart Lane ground, however, since rebuilding with a 62000 capacity, the local councils have massively increased the size of the ‘Controlled Parking Zone’. So now parking a VERY long way away and walking isn’t so attractive! So we took the underground to Seven Sisters station on the Victoria line, from which the ground is a good 30 minute walk away (if you are reasonably fit) or longer if you are slow like us!

    The long walk is monotonous, and I think next time we play there I will be more organised and pre-book a driveway car parking space on one of the many such websites that offer this handy service so that I can drive and not have to walk so far! Respect to Spurs fans who do this walk every game – they must stay very fit because of it!

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    The long walk to the ground from Seven Sisters takes a fit person a good half an hour at least, and we are slower walkers than that! So we stopped off halfway along the High Road at the McDonalds for dinner, and it was coping very well with the large crowd. Got food and a table to sit at easily. The home fans were very friendly and it was an upbeat atmosphere as everyone was looking forward to the landmark game. No hostility at all (Spurs and Palace are in no way rivals)

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    We got to the stadium itself 1 hour before kick off, and quite simply it is vast! I have been to all the biggest grounds, however this feels so much bigger on the outside because it is plonked right in the middle of a residential area, so it towers above the neighbouring houses! It's like someone has dumped a massive modern shopping centre or airport in the middle of a residential area!

    On arriving at the South End of the ground, we knew the away end was at the far (North) end of the ground but didn't know the quickest or best way there, so asked one of the "Fanbassador" volunteers (guides) outside the ground. They looked at their map, as they didn't know themselves, and they sent us the clockwise way round the ground, continuing up the High Road past the main glass entrance and the vast Megastore shop. This was a big mistake. When we got to the North West 'corner' of the ground, there was a bottleneck of fans as that is where their box office is and a lot of their fans were collecting tickets in a huge snaking queue which was difficult to get past.

    A steward there knew where we should go (as we were wearing away team scarves) and directed us a weird route underneath a Sainsbury's underground car park which abuts the North end of the ground, and eventually you come out of there and follow some backstreets round to the North East corner of the ground where entrance 11 is. In hindsight, away fans arriving at the Southern end of the stadium should have been directed 'anticlockwise' around the ground as that would have been much quicker and a shorter route.

    When we got to the away entrance (entrance 11) we were worried there would be vast slow queues, but actually, it was very efficient! At the bottom of some steps they scanned the QR barcode on your ticket to make sure you had away tickets, then at the top of the stairs, you had to walk through an airport-style metal detector arch. Then there was a pat down with another metal detector 'wand' being waved over you, and following that if you had a bag (only very small, under A4 size or clear plastic bags allowed but we had been told this in advance) this was searched at a table, with a 'bag checked' tag applied. Then finally the turnstiles, where stewards help you scan the QR barcode again.

    Inside, the concourse is VERY posh, no expense spared, and lots of bars and food counters to choose from (assuming your club took the full 3000 allocation and has the full concourse) Everything in the concourse is high spec and in sparkling condition of course!

    Into the 'stadium bowl' and all of the 3000 away seats have a rail in front, intended for when safe standing comes in. The away seats are in the bottom tier in the corner, and the views are good. Most of our fans stood, and the stewards did almost nothing to stop this apart from a feeble 'please sit down' about 2 minutes into the game, which was ignored. I was in sat down at the back of the block and the standing rails did not interfere with the view.

    The ground inside is incredible – like a 'World Cup' quality ground. I can't believe anyone would have a bad view, and the sound system was very impressive and very clear. There were FOUR large video screen, one in each corner hanging from the roof. The Main 'home singing end' is the far end from the away section, and is a single tier, like the Kop at Liverpool, but with a 'curved' top edge. They had the rail seats in part of this end, and most of their fans stood at this end too.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

    Before the game was an 'Opening Ceremony' and this was very short, as it had to be squeezed in between the players ending their warm-ups, and the teams coming out, so it was just a couple of singers singing 'Glory, Glory, Tottenham Hotspur', some flag-waving, and a few fireworks. I guess they'd spend enough on the ground itself!

    I guess most people don't read this guide to read about our particular game, which is just as well because Palace were poor! We didn't really get going on the pitch until the last 10 minutes when we were already losing, and the 2-0 score to Tottenham was a fair result!

    The Tottenham fans were very loud when it got going, but only in short bursts, but I guess a stroll of a game against an out of form lower Prem side was not going to get their pulses racing. I'd imagine their noise would be more sustained in a 'big' game against a rival team or a 'big six' team.

    Palace's fans struggled to get much singing going, I suspect because a lot of the away tickets went to longstanding season ticket holders who are mainly older fans, rather than the younger noiser element of our support. Also, the team on the pitch gave Palace fans little to get singing about!

    A major flaw in the location of the away fans is that home fans are right above the away fans. I know this happens at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, but they seem to know how to manage that there. What we experienced was fans above chucking down a drink from above as well as throwing down the free commemorative flags, and one fan spitting on fans below, which was swiftly dealt with by stewards and the fan ejected. It was also very lively at the end of the game when away fans walk out of the seating area have to walk right up to where the home fans are behind them. I can imagine that when the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or West Ham visit, that the police and stewards are going to have to really police these flashpoints and maybe 'net off' some rows of seats.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    At the end of the game, we didn't rush, as with 62000 fans, what is the point, it is going to be busy and congested. The roads around the ground were pretty full, and so walk away from the away exit was a bit slow, but then once on the High Road heading south, the crowds flowed away well, as the road was closed for about a quarter of a mile. We walked slowly back to Tottenham Hale underground station just by following the main road (High Road) and didn't get there until 50 minutes after the game had ended (told you we were slow!). Arriving at the station, you could see they had used queue barriers, but when we got there the queue had gone, and we got straight on a southbound Victoria Line train. Even when the tube train pulled into the next station, Seven Sisters, which is also a well-used station for the game, the platform wasn't that full, and everyone got on the train. We got off the tube at Victoria and headed home 'south of the river' by a train from Victoria train Station.

    In summary, the stations we used coped very well, and I think even those out quicker, and at the stations earlier still got away fairly efficiently, with just some queuing.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    I really enjoyed the 'occasion' and the Spurs fans were in good spirits. Obviously, I would have enjoyed it more if we had played better and not lost 2-0, but it's a very impressive ground, and probably the best 'new ground' in the country – better than the likes of the Emirates Stadium, Wembley Stadium or St James' Park in my opinion. Being a fan whose home ground is somewhat 'antiquated' we can only dream that one day we'll be able to enjoy such facilities at home games ourselves!

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
    Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
    Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
    Brian Moore (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Having obtained two UEFA Complementary tickets I was really looking forward to experiencing the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    As I was stopping overnight the journey should have been easy but the overground train system collapsed so off on the underground to Tottenham Hale. Surprisingly the signage was very poor around the station but improved later as I neared the stadium. However, I suspect this will be resolved soon enough.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Walking up the main road to the ground there are plenty of food and drink options. I opted for a rather fine Turkish kebab etc. No complaints there! Fans appeared to be a mixture of supporters and day trippers like myself and no issues to report.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    My initial view is how did they fit a stadium of this size in here? All very impressive even with several bits still to be fully finished but nothing material. Getting in was fine despite the three stages including the metal detectors and once inside wow! My entrance was directly opposite a Beavertown Brewery bar. Nice beer at £5 a pint and of course all cashless here. Lots of other options and the pint with fish and chips for £8.50 puts other stadia catering prices to shame. The toilets were fine too. Inside the bowl, our seats were bang on the half way line some 16 rows back and were great. The inside is superb architecturally and so different from any other bowls. The single tier “wall” is impressive and the corporate does not split the stadium up as obviously as say Club Wembley. State of the art floodlights etc, you really can’t understate how good this is, even down to the clever installation of the gold cockerel on the roof. The audio designed roof really does wrap the noise around you. I have got to say that this stadium is a triumph.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Bring used to Championship football myself I could only admire and enjoy the quality of what was in front of me. A decent game especially as only the first leg so maybe not as attacking a game as the second leg will no doubt be. Stewards fine, the facilities fine etc..
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Now the not so good! Getting away was signed okay but things need to settle down as they surely will. My advice, stay in the bars in the stadium for a few drinks after and let the crowds drift away. Not so easy for night games I guess due to late trains. I was walking back to Tottenham Hale (trains were now back up and running) however when I reached Bruce Grove station I chanced it there. I knew it was one stop down from White Hart Lane but I played a hunch that with long trains the front carriage always seems to have a little space and so it was I was back at Liverpool Street within half an hour after the final whistle. My friend had left two minutes early and got on the first train out of Northumberland Park where he mentioned barriers for queuing were set up. Apparently, a special timetable with frequent trains applies on match days.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A few travel quibbles but otherwise a fantastic evening and certainly I can’t recall a better stadium and I’ve been in a few famous ones!
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Man City
    Champions League, Quarter Final, 1st Leg
    Tuesday 9th April 2019, 8pm
    Stephen Welch (Manchester City)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    With it being a new stadium, it was the first time I had been there obviously plus it was the Quarter Final of the Champions League.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Drove down the M6 and M1 then took A406 North Circular. We left Manchester at 1.30pm arriving at our parking place just gone 6pm due to traffic problems on the motorway. The A406 was quite bad also and the sat nav told us to come off well before the ground going down back streets and the like. I could have gone on the M25 but I thought maybe that will be bad during the rush hour. I thought maybe parking would be a major problem but for away minibusses and coaches you send an email to [email protected] com and they ask for all your details. Print off the parking permit and it is free to park! It is located just off Northumberland Park on West Road N17 0RP. This can be a little difficult for your passengers if like me you dropped them off first on Lordship Lane to go to the Elmhurst Pub. Maybe a steward could hold a sign up saying Away Coaches this way?
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I went straight into the stadium but found it difficult to get served with only 1 bar area so gave up. Plus I only noticed 1 toilet block.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It has to be the most impressive stadium I have visited and knocks spots off other Premier League grounds, definitely built for Champions League nights. I thought Arsenals ground was good but this stadium put that into the shade.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    I thought City had their chances and when VAR said it was a penalty to us, I thought we would have won. But alas it was saved and we went on to lose 1-0. But its only half time in the tie. The stewards were very helpful, the facilities were fine, didn't try the food, the queues were too big.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It took about 30 minutes from where we parked to get on to the North Circular, then that road was packed! So sat nav told us to come off and join it further up.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Apart from the result I still thought we were the better team. It was good to visit my third new ground this season. Newport County and Burton Albion being the others who City played earlier in the season.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
    Premier League
    Sunday 5th May 2019, 3pm
    Howard Martin (Everton)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It is a new ground and there has been a lot of hype in the media about what fans can expect.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We have travelled to Spurs many times and park in the same place at the Haringey Irish Centre. Today however the cost had escalated to £30 for our minibus!
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We had a drink in the Haringey Irish Community Centre which is one of the very few places in the area to welcome away fans and then went to the ground early.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The stadium is awesome, visible from miles away. It is obvious that no expense has been spared on the quality of both the design and the quality of the materials used.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Sadly the overall experience was underwhelming. The fancy new beer pumps did nothing to shorten the queues. More bar staff would have helped and also a more organised queueing system. At half time there was the same chaotic scramble to get to the toilets and the bar with the same pinch points causing the same problems we experience at every ground. 
     
    We were in Row 5 and the view was very poor, much too low, just as it is at the Emirates and at Wembley. In fact, it's little better than the views we used to suffer at Villa Park before they moved the visiting fans. The fans in the front rows couldn't see any of the game when the stewards took their places before half time and at the end of the game. I had read in the press that the fans would be raised up above the playing surface so that the ground could be used for American football but this is certainly not the case! Everton are planning a new ground in 2022/23 and I hope the design is much better than this one!
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It's always a bit tricky getting away from the stadium but no worse than any other London ground.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Certainly not the worse place we've visited but disappointing given all the money and hype.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
    Pre-Season Friendly
    Sunday 4th August 2019, 3pm
    James Walker (Re-completing the 92)

    Tottenham v Inter SignWhy were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I was looking forward to this game because it was a chance to tick off this new stadium, and in the process, re-completing the 92 (after getting Salford ticked off on the Saturday).
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I went with a few friends for this game, and we got the train from Hertford East to Northumberland Park. This was about a 15 slow minute walk from the ground, but there are plenty of signs up on route so you're able to find your way quite easily.
     
    South Stand External View
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We stopped for a burger from one of the many vans on the way up to the stadium (£4) before picking up a special match programme (£5). We did aim to have a look in the club shop, but the ridiculous queue put us off!
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The ground inside looks very impressive! We were sat tunnel-side just a few rows from the front, and the rest of the stadium looks superb! The stand to our right was a huge single-tiered stand, whilst the rest of the ground seemed to be broken in into 2 and 3 separate tiers.
     
    South Stand
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game itself wasn't bad, Moura giving Tottenham the lead after just 3 minutes. This was cancelled out by Sensi, who equalised for Inter on 36 minutes. Ther e weren't any further goals during the 90 minutes, and Inter went on to win the subsequent penalty shoot-out 4-3. The stewards were all very helpful when showing us to our seats and when we had any questions, and the Chicken Tikka pie I tried was absolutely lovely!
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Getting away was long but simple. We hung around outside the ground for an hour after to kill time and let the crowds leave, then we set off back to Northumberland Park to get the train back to Hertford to go home.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A nice relaxed day out, an enjoyable game, a new ground, good company, and the 92 re-completed in the first weekend of August. A good day all round!
     
    Final Score: Tottenham 1-1 Inter Milan (3-4 on penalties)
    Attendance: 58,905
    Grounds Visited: 140 (92/92)
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
    Pre-Season Friendly
    Sunday 4th August 2019, 3pm
    Sam Jones (Doing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Spurs’ new stadium has been covered extensively in the media and received universal praise since it opened. It was always my intention to attend the first game there that went to general sale. Plus it was another new ground to tick off my 92.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    As I have been to the old White Hart Lane many times I was already well acquainted with the journey. I got off the tube at Seven Sisters and walked along the Tottenham High Road, which took around 20 minutes. The ground is visible in the distance long before you arrive there.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I didn’t do anything pre-match as the wide selection of food and drink within the ground had been well publicised and I knew there would be plenty for me to do upon arrival. Due to the nature of the game, there was a more relaxed atmosphere than usual. It was evident that there were plenty of families and people who were attending the new stadium for the first time, all in good spirits.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Wow! The stadium looked fantastic from the outside, with its mostly glass front presenting a very modern look. I was blown away by the sheer size of it. Everywhere was very clearly signposted and it was easy to make my way to the North Stand where I was sitting. Due to the steep structure of the stadium, you are very close to the pitch, the views from my seat in the middle tier were excellent. The away fans are housed in a corner at the North East end of the ground opposite the very large single tiered South Stand which resembles Dortmund's yellow wall. Above this stand towers Spurs’ famous cockerel. Also evident is the very unique roof which wraps around the ground. Inside the stands, there are lots of nods to Tottenham’s history including a large collage of old programme covers on the walls. Numerous plaques commemorate the use of bricks, aggregate and other materials from the old White Hart Lane in construction of the new ground, and one even marks where the old centre circle used to be. On the upper concourse due to the glass frontage, you could look out far into the distance, although there wasn’t much to see.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    A fairly drab pre-season affair. Spurs started on the front foot and quickly took the lead through Lucas Moura, but became jaded as Inter grew into the game and deservedly equalised. The second half was very uneventful with Inter Milan looking the better team throughout, and eventually winning the game on penalties. The atmosphere was non-existent, although that was to be expected due to the nature of the game. Inside the stands, on the first level, the home areas are completely open and I was able to check out the range of facilities, which was beyond my expectations. It did not remotely feel like I was inside a football stadium. This includes a Beavertown microbrewery, the Goal Line Bar which, as the name suggests, runs for the entire length of the goal line underneath the large single tiered south stand, and the Market Place, which offers almost every kind of eatery imaginable with a large area for fans to congregate. Pricing was exactly what I would expect for London, with a pint coming in at between £5 and £6, and only card payments were accepted. My only criticism is that the service was very slow with lots of clearly newly hired staff getting to grips with their role, a problem that I am sure will resolve its self in time.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Walked back along the Tottenham High Road to Seven Sisters. Due to the closure of the London Overground, this was busier than usual. I was told the facilities within the stadium remain open for two hours after the game finishes in order to help with the queues, although I did not hang around to confirm this.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    This is the best stadium I have ever visited for a sporting event, and by some distance. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone and I am very jealous that it isn’t my team playing there.
  • Tottenham v Aston Villa
    Premier League
    Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
    John (Aston Villa)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Out first game back in the Premiership. I have been to Spurs loads of times but this was my first look at the new ground.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I drove down as normally have done in the past along the M6, M1, M25 and M10. Due to where away fans are located in the stadium we parked in the Ikea/Northumberland Park Station area about a 20 minute walk away. There are a few car parks about but it is permit only to park on the street around the immediate ground area! But expect to pay £15+ to use a car park. It was an easy walk to the ground just following the fans. I would be surprised if you missed it!
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly
     
    Most pubs around the ground are Spurs only! The designated away pub the Elmhurst was closed when we went. I was told the Haringey Irish Centre was only place for away fans to get a beer. Anyway, I wanted to try out the grounds facilities, so just went inside.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Don't get me wrong here but it is an amazing stadium and Spurs fans have a fantastic home ground. But for away supporters the concourse is no better than certain other grounds with nothing special that stands out. Although the beers were pretty good, at around the £4 mark, maybe it's just an away fans thing? The seated rows each have their own barrier which is good as you don't sit down away from home! The away fans are located quite low down so again there's probably a lot better seats elsewhere. One other strange thing was putting home fans directly behind the away fans with just a Perspex screen between the two sets of fans? It got a bit lairy at times! Don't let these away fan points put you off going it is still an amazing stadium!
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    After been away from the Premiers League for three years this was a perfect match for us to be pitted against one of the best teams! We gave a good account of ourselves and although losing to the better side, in the end, I wasn't too displeased with our effort! The stewarding was good. Obviously, there are going to be teething points but I am sure they will sort it. The atmosphere in our end was very good and with Villa playing well for a lot of the game, the Spurs were a little subdued but once on top they got a lot louder and it will bode well for them in the future. Like I said all new at the moment but I'm sure it will be in most fans best away days list.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    A 15-minute walk back to the car. Lots of Police presence and a bit of banter with the Spurs fans, but nothing you don't get everywhere! From the Ikea area, we drove up the A1055 and the out and up to the A10 then the motorway home.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A fantastic stadium! I really enjoyed the day and can't wait to go back.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
    Premier League
    Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
    Steve Smytheman (Redoing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The new ground on the old location was the primary reason and as a second tour of the 92, I waited until it was fully open to compare to the old White Hart Lane.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Nightmare. I travelled from the Midlands so knew the train would be busy with away fans. They were a drunken disgrace even on the way down.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Took the long walk from the tube and a long stroll around the outside. Everything was well designed and impressive. Fans friendly.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The outside was seamless and imposing, the organisation access searching and bag security smooth. Inside, I’ve never seen so many bars and the space and height were telling. Lifts and escalators are a long leap forward from my early memories of 1970's grounds.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    I’d been to Orient last week where they paid tribute to former manager Justin Edinburgh, so to do the same here 7 days later as a former player was remarkable. The game was tense with Spurs only getting going after an hour. Right result but they don’t make it a relaxed watch. First VAR game for me which I support.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Back to Kings Cross by tube was a doddle, only to find fighting fans had closed Euston then the overground train was delayed an hour and full of drunks.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A good day out and well worth the money, but stick to your own transport.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
    Premier League
    Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
    Andy Newman (Aston Villa)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    This was Villa's return to the Premier League after 3 seasons in the Championship, plus I also wanted to see the new Spurs stadium.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We drove to the outskirts of the M25. We had booked a car space on a driveway in Cheshunt and took the train to the ground, all very easy.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We had a pint in the Antwerp Arms which was not far away, home and away fans mixed and all very friendly. Lots of burger vans etc near to the stadium so we had a not-too-bad burger for £4.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It looks very impressive from the outside, almost like a space ship! Inside was just as impressive. The away fans are located in the bottom tier in the corner. It was nice to see the gold cockerel emblem on top of the home end.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game was good, Villa scored early and then defended for 80 minutes eventually conceding three late goals, disappointing but probably to be expected. There was a problem getting into the stadium as the bar code technology broke down, stewards had no idea what to do so there was a 10 minute delay. The concourse is poorly designed with the bar straight ahead of the entrance so a bit of a jam with so many people trying to move around so I didn't bother buying any food or drink.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Very well managed considering 60,000 attendance.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Despite the result, a great day and a highly recommend this away trip!
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa
    Premier League
    Saturday 10th August 2019, 5.30pm
    Martin H (Aston Villa)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    After three years of watching Aston Villa in the EFL Championship, it was great to be back in the Premier League. And what a first game. Away at the Champions League runners-up and a chance to visit Tottenham’s super new stadium. I was really looking forward to it.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Fairly straightforward. Train from the Midlands to Euston. Then London Underground to Tottenham Hale, where we switched to the Overground and caught a train from Tottenham Hale to Northumberland Park. We intentionally headed for Northumberland Park as this is closest to the away section at Tottenham (10-15 mins walk).

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    On our way from Euston on the London Underground, we were debating where to go for a pre-match pint given that all the pubs around the stadium are for Home fans only. We then came up with the bright idea that it should be fairly quiet around Arsenal as they were not at home on this day. So we exited the London Underground at Finsbury Park and went to the Twelve Pins pub, which is one of the recommended pubs on the Arsenal page of this website. It was a good call as there was a nice-sized crowd in there. Not too quiet and not too busy either making it easy to get served. Quite a few Villa fans had the same idea as us as there were plenty of Villa colours on show in there. After a few beers, we went back to Finsbury Park to continue our journey to Northumberland Park. The continuing train journey to Northumberland Park was shared by both Spurs and Villa fans. Can’t recall talking to any Spurs fans but it all seemed very relaxed. As was the walk from Northumberland Park to the stadium.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    The stadium looks great from the outside. Obviously so different to the Old White Hart Lane. After a few photos, we made our way into the ground. For obvious reasons, there is a lot of security (some airport style) as you go in, but it all seemed fairly slick. The stadium is also impressive on the inside as well. The away fans are located at the lower level by one of the corners. The view was pretty good I thought despite being so low down. The only bad point for me was that the away concourse seemed small for circa 3,000 away fans. In addition, the design wasn’t very well thought out either as the food/drinks counter is directly opposite to where the fans enter the ground. It’s also by where there are two sets of exit stairs so it gets very congested there, making it nigh on impossible to get near the counter just before the game and/or halftime.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    I didn’t have food/drink inside the stadium due to the reasons outlined above. Villa started brightly and indeed took the lead from a well taken John McGinn goal. The atmosphere in the away end was superb with the Villa fans in good voice. Spurs fans seemed a little subdued but started to find their voices in the second half as Spurs increased the pressure on Villa’s resolute defence. I was hoping we might hang on for an unlikely win but in the end, the pressure told and Tottenham scored three goals late on for a deserved (if I am honest) 3-1 win. Needless to say, the Spurs fans were the loudest they had been all day towards the end. A great atmosphere overall.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Very impressive actually. We walked back to Northumberland Park train station. Spurs and Villa fans mixed together but, as before the game, all very relaxed. There was a big queue at Northumberland Park station for the trains however as you got closer the crowd was split into two separate channels. One for those travelling Northbound, the other for those (including us) who were travelling Southbound. On a matchday, extra trains are put on to help ease the crowd congestion at the station (every 10 mins or so). The trains also have several carriages so can carry more passengers, therefore it wasn’t long before we were on the platform. We did the reverse journey to earlier (via Tottenham Hale) and we were soon back at Euston in plenty of time for our train back to the Midlands.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Despite the defeat, I was encouraged by Villa’s performance and fairly confident that we can have a reasonable first season back in the Prem. I certainly enjoyed my first visit to Spurs impressive new stadium and look forward to visiting again at the next opportunity.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
    Premier League
    Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
    Stephen Anthony Harvey (Newcastle United)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Our first visit to their new stadium.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We left East Durham at 6am, picking a few lads up on route at Hartlepool. Had a couple stops on the way at Woodall and London Gate Services. There was a little more than usual traffic as the powers that be had decided to shut the trains down on the hottest bank holiday weekend in living memory.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We got dropped off right outside stadium by our coach. We walked the ten minutes or so up Church Street to the Antwerp Arms pub that we had years gone by frequented. We had a great day with Spurs and Newcastle fans mixing without any problems. I hope the landlord made a fortune on bar sales, which I've no doubt he will of. As the other pubs around the ground are home supporters only. I hope they were empty! Why do they do this pathetic practice? Everyone is welcome to go in any pub in Newcastle with their colours on etc.. We stood outside the pub shaded by trees from a nearby park, as it was extremely hot. So a few cold ones came in handy. Thank you again to the landlord/Manager of the Antwerp Arms.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The stadium looked immense from both the outside and in. A great view from the away end. I was to the right looking at the pitch. Thankfully shaded from the sun. The Newcastle fans to my left who remained shirtless throughout the game, no doubt were like lobsters at the end!
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    A great atmosphere from away fans as always. Tottenham were really quiet throughout the match, as the didn't really have anything to shout about. We won 1-0 and to be fair we weren't in much danger most of match and probably created the best chances.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It was a bit of a nightmare findings our coaches. There were no stewards to guide you. They were quite far away through endless streets. We passed the Bill Nicholson pub where there were a few skirmishes. Not good at all. There will be a few problems around here this coming season mark my words if the Police don't sort this out. We eventually got away easy on to the North Circular and then onto the M1, the usual traffic delays arrived home round about 2am.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A great day out. Eventful. A great 3 points that were unexpected. I'll be back next season.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
    Premier League
    Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
    Jack (Newcastle United)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I was really looking forward to the day as it was my first time at the new stadium and it was weather forecasted to be 33 degrees. However thanks to our poor start and current situation at the club I wasn't looking forward to the game itself.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We got on The supporters bus as we do for a lot of our away games. There wasn't too much traffic until we hit London then we were going at a very slow pace towards the ground but we still arrived three hours before kick off. The ground is a 15 minute walk from where the coaches park and there is signs right the way to the ground.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We went to two different pubs before the game. First, we went into the Oddly Brewery. This had good quick service however it was very quiet when we there But it definitely had the space to have a good atmosphere if more people knew about it. Next, we went to the Haringey Irish Centre which was very busy with massive queues at the bar. The security at the gate were also turning away fans away claiming it was a home supporters pub only despite there already being loads of black and white shirts and not a single Spurs one in sight.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The ground itself was very impressive from the outside and looked extremely modern compared to others I have recently visited. Our tickets were on the 4th Row on the left of the corner flag. This meant the view of the near goal was brilliant however the view of the other end and especially the corner flag on our side of the pitch at the other was obscured. The ground on the inside was just as impressive as from the outside especially their 'Kop' end.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game started slowly but after we went 1-0 up in the first half it was party atmosphere from then in with not much response from the Home end apart from the odd lone supporter. We stayed in the ground for a good 15 minutes after the game celebrating our victory as well the stewards were helpful in showing us where we could and couldn't hang flags and were generally friendly. At the stadium, they have the fill from bottom pint cups which were interesting but not helpful. If you happen to touch the disc in the bottom, all the drink comes out!
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    The traffic getting out was similar to the way in. However, a popular Spurs Supporters Pub is passed on the walk back to our coaches. There wasn't a single Policeman in sight and predictably the Tottenham fans got sick of our singing and spilled across the road over to our fans.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    It was a great day for us with an unexpected three points and a good first trip to the new ground despite the disappointing end to the day with the supporter troubles.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
    Premier League
    Sunday 25th August 2019, 4.30pm
    Louis McGivern (Newcastle United)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I was looking forward to visiting Spurs new state of the art stadium that everyone had been raving on about. I was looking forward more for the day out rather than the match after our recent troubles.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Took the train to Paddington; tubes across to Liverpool Lime Street then an overground train to Tottenham Hale which is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium. Easy enough but awkward with the trains and tubes.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Due to trains being delayed or cancelled there was no time for the pub so it was straight into the ground. Home fans I encountered were all friendly enough to speak to. Although one memory I'll keep is a cocky Spurs fan shouting to his mate "It's only Newcastle" before the game. I bet he wasn't too happy after 90 minutes.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The outside of the ground looks really impressive, modern and well built. It is a level above most other stadiums in the Premier League. The away end was spacious and had fantastic views of the game. One criticism would be that the away fans are conveniently placed in the corner where the sun shines directly onto, meaning it's in your eyes for the whole match.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Atmosphere? What atmosphere. Despite the impressive-looking single-tiered stand, the Spurs fans were virtually silent for 90 minutes with nearly all the noise coming from the away fans. The stewards were very relaxed and didn't seem bothered about fans standing. The biggest let down for the day was by far the service on the concourse. I was in an average-sized queue to get a pint and I was stood waiting for 25 minutes in the line because of the incredibly slow and disorganized service. Instead of pre-pouring pints to hand out like other stadiums do they tried to show off their fancy fill from the bottom tap which caused chaos. On top of this despite it being 34° they somehow ran out of water for fans, how does a football club run out of bottled water? It's ridiculous. The game itself was a great one for us with a Joelinton goal wrapping up a very unexpected three points.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Getting away was simple and unlike other London grounds there were no massive queues for trains, I jumped on the first one I saw. I was in the stadium for quite a while after celebrating though.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    An impressive looking stadium, but the practicality of it was absolutely shocking, slow service, nowhere near the level of hype from Spurs fans, the whole stadium is very bang average. Awkard to get to, running out of water, terrible service and sat with the sun in your eyes. It was very funny seeing the cockney faces after beating them. I preferred the Emirates.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
    Premier League
    Saturday 28th September 2019, 3pm
    Tim French (Southampton)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Last season we were disappointed as the opening of the new Tottenham Stadium was delayed beyond December (we instead played at Wembley, coinciding with our nee manager Hasenhuttl's arrival), so now we were excited at the opportunity of seeing the new ground. We were coming off the back of a midweek League Cup win away at Fratton Park (the first since 1984); on the same night, Spurs had been knocked out on penalties by my local team, League Two Colchester United. Given Spurs' indifferent form so far this season, I was nervous of a backlash.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Easy train journey from either Liverpool Street or Stratford. It's made clear that Northumberland Park is the recommended station for away fans; it's on a different overground line from the usually rammed one to Bruce Grove and White Hart Lane, although I found it ran less frequently. Definitely recommend the overground over the tube which requires a long and relatively unpleasant walk from the nearest underground.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    If I was coming across London I'd use Liverpool St, but I took the overground from Stratford to Hackney Central (you can travel direct to Northumberland Park, it's only three stops) as I had time to visit a couple of pubs. The Cock Tavern is round the corner from Hackney Central; it was empty so I only stopped for a quick pint (impressive and relatively inexpensive beer range, friendly staff) then retraced my steps past Hackney Central, up Amhurst Rd to the Pembury Tavern. I usually see plenty of home and away fans using this pub on match days, although I didn't see any colours this time. The pub's been taken over by Five Points brewery (opposite the pub) since my last visit; very good beer (£4.20 a pint) and pizzas (£8-£12, seriously recommended). Get the timing right and it's just over half an hour from the pub to the ground (via Hackney Downs) if you don't hang about. It's a much nicer walk through residential streets to the away section, compared to the High Road. The home fans I encountered were quite friendly, and there were no issues passing the Bill Nicholson pub (although note previous fans' comments on this website about coming away from the ground).
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    As others have mentioned, on approach the stadium appears to rise like a spaceship above the surrounding houses. High security levels, but no delays upon arrival. I could have had a quick pint of Heineken from one of a couple of chaps going around the concourse with beer on their backs, but the queues at all the bars were horrendous. Inside the stadium is clearly impressive with the seats rising to curve on all sides towards a very high roof. The away section (which we sold out) is more generous in width than White Hart Lane, stretching further either side of the corner flag. I wanted a side view as close to the centre circle as possible, so I was at the far end of the away section, 11 rows back and 20 yards out, in line with the edge of the D; the view was superb and quite close to the pitch.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    My neighbours asked if their mate could swap seats with me, so I moved directly back to the penultimate row 22 where the view was even better. Bear in mind however that even though everyone's undercover, the roof is so high that you're not necessarily protected from the weather. As it was late September we had sunshine and showers; even with sunglasses, the Autumn sun is low enough to shine directly in your eyes and throws the goal at the far end into a very dark shadow, which does, unfortunately, impact on the view. And unless there's absolutely no breeze (or the prevailing wind is from the opposite direction to the usual Westerly), expect to get wet if it rains – even if you're at the rear. Not a problem, but unexpected. There are screens in each corner, so take your pick; they offer a fantastic view from the opposite stand which provides an alternative TV angle. The stewards near me were following the game by staring at the screen behind our heads whilst simultaneously keeping an eye on us. There was a bit of niggle near us at one point (after a Spurs goal, sending off and equaliser) which the stewards handled without too much fuss. Throughout the away section there were no issues standing, which was great as you can lean against the 'safe standing' bars (I expected problems here, seeing as how prominently the match tickets disallow this; let's hope the law changes soon). The seats themselves have a decent amount of leg-room. 
     
    The game itself was great for the neutral, with plenty of talking points. Lloris was entertaining in goal for Spurs, his calamitous Cruyff turn enabling Danny Ings to poach our equaliser, redeemed by two superb saves in the second half. On the whole, the home fans were quiet for most of the match. We got increasingly frustrated, and couldn't understand Hasenhuttl's tactics considering they played for an hour with 10 men; our substitutions were late in the game and ineffective. I thought the pitch looked in great shape, but the ball appeared to bobble quite a bit in the middle third. I went for a beer on the stroke of half time but there was no hope; the queues just weren't moving (two Tap Inn bars serving Beaverton Neck Oil at £5 a pint plus a regular bar serving Heineken at £4 a pint). No guys with beer backpacks to be seen. Beyond the bars, seemingly everywhere you looked, staff were busily employed cleaning the floor; how can it get both sticky and slippery at the same time? Spilt beer was presumably a Health & Safety issue. Corporate food looked OK. Please note if you're getting a ticket in the distant part of the west section (i.e. blocks 117-118) you'll be nowhere near a bar or gents' toilet; ladies who don't want a cheeky half-time beer or snack – you'll be fine.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    The stadium design ensures a rapid exit is possible if you want one. We had nothing to celebrate so I didn't hang about. Northumberland Park Station divides passengers on approach between north and southbound; there's a daft queuing system taking you very slowly up a series of shallow ramps and eventually over the bridge to the far platform – it doesn't work, it just prolongs the agony. On this occasion trains ware fairly frequent with plenty of carriages, so once you're on the platform there was no problem.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A lovely stadium, but nowhere near my favourite football ground – but then I guess it was designed for events other than our national game. I've read other reviewers' disappointment and I can see their point. Perhaps it'll take time to bed in – I'm sure the Yellow Wall didn't happen overnight – but to be honest I was expecting some flags, banners, etc. Instead, there was very little in the way of an atmosphere on this occasion.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
    Premier League
    Saturday 28th September 2019, 3pm
    Eric Spreng (Southampton)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I had never been to White Hart Lane nor the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium. With all the hype, the money spent, and the delays in opening the new ground, I was interested to see what it was like.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We flew from Edinburgh at 9 am arriving at Luton at 10.15 am. A train into London and a short tube journey had us at Liverpool Street station at around 11.45 am.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We had a couple of drinks at the Hamilton Hall Wetherspoons pub at Liverpool Street station. Very much a football pub on match days. It was full of Southampton and Tottenham fans, together with a fair number of Norwich fans (they were at Crystal Palace) and I saw one Leeds United fan (they were at Charlton). Everyone was in good spirits and mixed well. We then got the overground train from Liverpool Street to Northumberland Park which took about 15 mins.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It is undoubtedly a wonderful stadium but for reasons I cannot put my finger on I was slightly underwhelmed. The concourse at the away end was particularly disappointing. For some reason, they have put the bar and the tv's just where everyone enters the stadium which made everything unnecessarily overcrowded.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game itself was exciting enough. Tottenham had a man sent off after 30 mins and when Southampton equalised shortly afterwards I really thought that this might be our day. However we allowed Harry Kane to put Spurs ahead again before half-time and in the second half, partly due to some bad decision making and also partly due to some questionable tactics, we did not dominate in a way that we perhaps should have done. There was no further scoring and Spurs were relieved to end the game 2-1 ahead. Undoubtedly an opportunity missed by the mighty Saints.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    After the game was a total disaster for us. We were due to fly from Stansted at 8pm and a 40 minute train journey from Northumberland Park should have got us there in plenty of time. However, due to a medical emergency, there were no trains north from Northumberland Park until well after 6.30 pm and we could not get to Stansted on time. Our only realistic option was to make our way across London and fly home from Gatwick at 10 pm at great inconvenience and great expense!
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    I had a great view from my vantage point behind the goal between the corner flag and the goal and with everyone standing as away fans always do, the 'safe standing' personal crush barrier was very handy! It is a wonderful modern-day stadium but there was something lacking, certainly in atmosphere. Maybe that will come with time.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
    Premier League
    Saturday 19th October 2019, 3pm
    Stephen Barrow (Watford)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    You've got to be an optimist to follow Watford away, particularly against Spurs. A total of zero wins and plenty of batterings since the Premier League began and the last away victory over 30 years ago. Added to that a tragic start to the season 2019/20 meant that the main appeal was to visit the new ground, have a sing-song and try and identify what QSF (our new/former manager) could do to turn around our fortunes.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    White Hart Lane has never been that easy to access. Either the trudge back and forth to Seven Sisters or the crush and queue on the Overground. Adding another 20,000 capacity and no improvement in infrastructure should only have added to the challenge. However, various forums suggested using Northumberland Park Station for away fans and so we traveled around the M25 by car and headed for Cheshunt Station. Fair to say parking was not straightforward. Although we got there 2 hours before kick off the station car park was full and surrounding streets were jammed, but electing for a 10 minute stroll we found street parking off Windmill Lane on Roundmoor Drive. Plenty of trains southbound every 8 minutes or so and having purchased train tickets via a mobile App we were able to avoid the long queue for the single ticket machine….bear that in mind. Once at Northumberland Park the true lack of proper investment meant it took a good 12-15 minutes to get from train to platform to exit via a complex series of ramps. So leave plenty of time. At least it wasn't raining.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    The stadium is located in an area which has absolutely no appeal whatsoever in terms of pre-match food and beverage, certainly for away fans. Best to either eat/drink in London/Cheshunt. We strolled the ten minutes to the stadium with largely home supporters and a perfectly friendly bunch they were too.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    The stadium has touched down in North London like a giant spaceship, looming over the un-prepossessing hinterland like something from another planet altogether. From the outside, it is truly impressive. Likewise the system of entering worked well, even with three different lines of security. Modern metal detector type entry worked well and the stewards were efficient and friendly. Once inside the concourses are actually not very spacious at all. So not only is there nothing to do close to the ground, there is little on offer inside either. Away fans seating is close to the pitch and the view was excellent. The seats have the crash bars for safe standing and these worked well as everyone stands these days, not something I am totally in favour….as the space is subsequently quite narrow. But plenty of opportunity to create a good atmosphere.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Two teams struggling for form but an absorbing match. Watford scored early and although Spurs had very substantial possession they struggled to break down a resolute and well-organised rearguard. Indeed come the second half, Watford created the more clearcut chances on the breakaway. It looked like a long-awaited, but deserved first win of the season, before a catastrophic error at the back and the failure of VAR to spot a handball gifted an equaliser to the home side. A result to satisfy neither sets of fans but the Watford fans at least had room for encouragement for the relegation scrap ahead. 

    Less so the home fans, whose expectations of the new stadium and a substantial investment in the transfer market might have been in part responsible for the tepid atmosphere. Another great stadium/poor atmosphere combination, dare I say just like the Emirates? It really wasn't at all intimidating for the away team and I found that surprising – still its early days but Id suggest the club needs to invest more in generating an atmosphere rather than on corporate advertising on the big screens in the run up to kick off.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    After the game the Cheshunt to Northumberland Park route really pays dividends for away fans. Out of the away end, down Northumberland Park Road and ten minutes later you are at the station. A short queue outside to wait for the platform to clear and we were on the train back to Cheshunt in no time. The queue for trains back into London also seemed to be quite well organised and moved swiftly enough. Plenty of chance to chat to the Spurs fans in the queue / on the train back and as ever they were quite a friendly bunch, albeit lamenting the collapse in form of their team over the last 12 months. Also, while obviously proud of the spectacular new infrastructure, they too commented on the current lack of big match atmosphere. Maybe it will improve if results and performances pick up. I think the stadium deserves it.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Spurs away has always been mainly about the match itself as the stadium location doesn't lend itself to much else. Using the route by train from Cheshunt was a definite improvement over the traditional transport methods, particularly given the location of the away fans seating. Ultimately I am sure the atmosphere will improve with results and as the supporters figure out a way to exploit the excellent new infrastructure. Hopefully, we will be back again next year……

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos
    Champions League Group Stage
    Tuesday 26th November 2019, 8pm
    Martyn Stimson (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I needed the new ground to top up my 92. I had walked past it on my way to Haringey Borough's Coles Park before it was finished and it looked impressive. I'd read a lot about it as it seemed to be one of the few new grounds where the fans' considerations had been taken into account.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Came into Liverpool Street and then took the train to Enfield that stopped at White Hart Lane Station. The ground is very close.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I had over an hour to spare before the match and had looked up some local breweries. The Redemption Brewery and One Mile End both have units on the same industrial estate, off West Road (about a 15 minute walk down Northumberland Park from the ground). Both open on matchdays and both were welcoming, reasonably priced and not too busy. There is another brewery on the same estate that specialises in Czech style beers but this wasn't open on the night we visited.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It's an impressive looking stadium from the outside. A friend of mine who has a membership had sorted out the tickets for us. We were in the home end behind the goal in an area that is designated as standing so we effectively had terracing tickets right behind the goal and the whole section were standing throughout without the stewards hassling us. An excellent view of the whole pitch. The away end was at the far end in one corner. The stand we were in was one enormous tier whereas the rest of the ground had three tiers.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    A good game that showed a wide range of emotions from the home fans around us. Olympiacos took a two goal lead int he first 20 minutes and looked on top. Spurs made a tactical change and turned it around, eventually winning 4-2 in comfortable fashion. The home fans in the section we were in provided a great atmosphere. There were lots of bars and the Beavertown Brewery Taproom at the bottom of our stand. There was a wide and interesting variety of food (although not cheap). 
     
    At half time we left our seats and went behind the stand. Members of our group were able to go to the toilet and be back in less than a minute, collect and return with food in about 3 minutes, even collect and return with beer within about 3 minutes! There were lots of people but it was all efficiently done so that queuing is minimised. It was very impressive! I didn't really notice the stewards (which is not a bad sign).
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    We left on the final whistle and headed to White Hart Lane overground station. We were herded into a queuing system and were several hundred yards from the front but the queue moved impressively quickly and we were away in a reasonable time.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A new ground that has really given the fans some consideration with real beer, a variety of food, good facilities and an option to stand! In my opinion, it's the best of the new grounds by some way.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
    Premier League
    Saturday 30th November 2019, 3pm
    Lewis Wright (AFC Bournemouth)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Because I have never been to the ground before.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Went by official supporters coach parked 15 minutes walk away but traffic coming off the M25 was absolutely horrendous. The walk takes you past the Bull Nickelson pub for home supporters I can imagine when some of the big clubs play here I expect a few words are exchanged.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I went straight into the stadium to get through security checks and has food inside. I had a got a Hot Dog and a bottle of coke, which were nice but expensive. The fans we saw were friendly and okay.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Our seat was on Row 30 at the very back behind the goal of the away section the view was fantastic. I thought the stadium was definitely one of the best I have been to. But a small concourse which was very packed. 
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game flowed from end to end and Bournemouth played well for the first 15 and last 20 minutes. But were poor for the rest. The Spurs fans were very quiet up until they scored their first goal. A very plastic corporate atmosphere. The stewards looked as though they were from an agency and just ushered us in and out of the stadium. It is a cashless stadium you even have to buy a programme from behind the counter.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Horrendous traffic took an hour and a half to get back onto the M25.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A great day out and would definitely go again and I recommend this to any football fans as it is a great ground to tick off.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
    Premier League
    Saturday 30th November 2019, 3pm
    Robbie Sargent (AFC Bournemouth)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The draw of a new stadium was the main cause of excitement, albeit it's always good to have a few beers with your mates during an away day. Bournemouth's recent form, lacklustre performances and record away at Spurs did not really inspire confidence as to the outcome of the match.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    The first hurdle to navigate was getting into London – as an exiled Bournemouth fan in Milton Keynes, ordinarily, I would take the train from MK into Euston. But, due to a driver strike on the rail franchise, I took a different route into London via Flitwick and St Pancras. Once in the capital, Spurs is not the most accessible of stadiums via London's transport network. However, the Victoria Line generally works well and so we went from St Pancras to Seven Sisters. Rather than face the 25/30 minute hike to the ground, we changed onto a train which deposited us at White Hart Lane. It's worth remembering the away section is now at the northern end of the ground, even further from Seven Sisters than before. So, all in all, not too bad.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    A couple of beers at the Wetherspoons in St Pancras. Very busy (including many fans from various clubs), but being seated at a table and being able to use the app for ordering food and drink is a fantastic thing! On arrival at White Hart Lanre Station, we went to the Antwerp Arms but quickly left after noting only 3 bar people trying to serve a crowd two-deep at the bar. Decided to go straight to the ground.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The new stadium is a great piece of architecture – it looks hugely impressive. Well signposted to the away entrances and friendly stewards as we went through the airport style security. The away concourse is pretty small and actually badly designed. Limited space to move around (as we found at half time) and very few shelves to put down your pie or pint. Quick tip – go up the stairs and there's more room, along with a bar that is less busy.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    After some early promise from Bournemouth, Spurs took a lead through a long ball over the top – maybe a sign of being more direct under a newly appointed coach, Mourinho. Spurs deservedly extended their lead to 3-0 in the second half before the introduction of Harry Wilson brought a bit more spark to Bournemouth's attacking game. He scored two (one a fabulous free kick) and quite remarkably, Callum Wilson had a chance to make it 3-3. Alas, C Wilson hesitated, a Spurs defender made a great challenge and it was another fruitless trip to Tottenham for the Cherries. Chicken Balti pie was very good, and the 'pie and a pint' deal for £5 was a bargain (effectively a free pie). Beer prices were not too bad for London (£4.50 or £5). The view from our seat in the lower tier was excellent, and the stadium is impressive, of that there is no doubt. What also isn't in doubt is that 38,000 at the old White Hart Lane created a much better and noisier atmosphere than 60,000 at the new stadium. In my opinion, the Spurs fans were actually quieter than Arsenal.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Walked about 15 minutes to the Beehive pub. Served pretty quickly and no problems whatsoever. By the time we had got back to Seven Sisters at about 18.45, the crowds had dispersed and we jumped on a half empty Victoria Line train back to St Pancras.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Overall, great to visit the new stadium. It gives a great view of the action, but can't help feeling the design of the away concourse should have been better. As always, a top day in London with some mates – just a shame about the result!
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea
    Premier League
    Sunday 22nd December 2019, 4.30pm
    DaveF (Chelsea)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    First visit to their 'new ground'. We've been on a bad run recently so big test for Frank Lampard and the team to bounce back, a defeat would also see them jump ahead of us in the league.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Last time I was there I got a parking fine, a big dent in my car and it took an age to get in and out. So we took the train from Cheshunt to Northumberland Park, parking is a bit limited at the station and the train fare was £7.50. The journey takes about 7-8 minutes, it's then a 10 minute walk to the ground which is still in the same place.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Walked around the ground it's all very different apart from the abuse from the Spurs fans.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    You have to get pretty close before you see it. The ground looks okay but nothing to get too excited about. Getting into the away end was a bit of a struggle, rather slow with them only letting about 10 people at a time through each of the several security checks, for some reason a couple of Old bill questioned me about an incident outside the ground, 'not me guv' though I'm not sure he believed me!
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Great start to Xmas, three points lane is back, Frank out did Jose on the tactics front and we were well deserving of the victory. The concourse is pretty small and only one bar meant the usual away end chaos, when I finally got served I ended up with a green tea, which went straight down the drain. The view was okay, but I couldn't see the corner flag on our side, pretty poor for their best stadium in the world claim.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    The Old bill now send away fans back to Northumberland Park station, down one street. All of us stayed behind for a good 5 minutes to clap the team. It was okay when we first came out but when we got to the first pub, bottles started to fly over, the police had placed themselves in numbers on each of the street corners, which allowed the locals to ambush the front of our crowd a couple of times, with some indiscriminate punches being landed on a few young lads, bang out of order and something the Met need to get a grip on. 
     
    At the station it was pretty well organised, lots of trains going back into London, not so many going North though, we waited about 20 minutes before getting on the second train back to Cheshunt. The train was full of spurs talking rubbish, we kept our heads down and I was glad to get back to the car.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A great day out. Chelsea have not won there for a while, great to come away with the points. Outside the ground is a bit like going back in time, both in the infrastructure and shamefully many of the people, who really need to grow up or find something better to do.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
    Premier League
    Saturday 11th January 2020, 5.30pm
    Catherine Hayden (Liverpool)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    A new ground, plus I love going to away matches and we usually get a good result against Spurs.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I stayed overnight in a hotel a 15 minute walk from an overground station which was only 4 stops away from  White Hart Lane.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I met with friends and stood outside talking.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It’s big and looks very glitzy, but it is more of an arena than a football ground. Away fans cannot walk completely around the stadium to access the away end so you can only see the one end outside. You have to walk around by Sainsbury’s but it is a good opportunity to grab a snack/drink and visit the loo. Got into the ground okay although the bag and body searches took a while. 
     
    The view in lower tier is dreadful (I was in Row 18 opposite edge of penalty area so better than for some) and inexcusable in a new ground, I know now why they need 4 gigantic TV’s. Surely the pitch could have been lowered or the front of the stand elevated?
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    For a new stadium, the concourse is rather small and crowded making it hard work getting past 2 sets of loos to refreshments so I gave the half time snacks/drinks a miss. There was a fab number of ladies loos and everything was very clean. The stewards were absolutely fine. 
     
    The large South Stand looks impressive and can generate a lot of noise but it didn’t for most of the time, Anfield it is not! Liverpool won 1-0 so happy days!
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Very easy to get out, pop into Sainsbury’s for snack/drink then back on overground after first rush died down. Back in hotel within 50 mins of final whistle.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    I always enjoy an away day and a win to boot. I would naturally go again and overall going to the new Spurs stadium is much better than some grounds to visit including West Ham.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough
    FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
    Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8.05pm
    Dan Maguire (Doing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Having Arsenal in my DNA I have been dreading visiting this place but fortunately, a mate is a Boro fan and got me a ticket in the away end! This would make it my 63rd ground visit of the current 92 and complete the London section.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    The train journey up to Victora then Victoria line to Seven Sisters tube station. I then walked from there to the ground which is a good 30 minute walk! I noted fans getting on buses which is another way to get up to the stadium. Please allow plenty of time if you are walking from Seven Sisters.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Before the game, I met up with my mate and went for a quick pint in the Antwerp Arms which was an okay pub but was heaving at the seams!
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The stadium is outstanding inside and out. It is very modern and has perfect viewing for all. The away end was spacious much better than other grounds (St Marys as an example).
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Before the game, there was an impressive light show to motivate the home crowd. The game itself Boro pressed the self destruct button in the first 15 minutes finding themselves two down (could've been worse!). In the second half Boro were awesome and nearly snatched a draw.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Leaving the ground was easy enough however the long walk down to Seven Sisters was slow due to the amount of pedestrians and traffic controls. However it was all was fine and I got back home just after midnight.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Such an amazing stadium, however, it felt empty (much like at the Emirates) where home fans made little noise. The stadium was very similar to the O2 Arena but on the outside! Spurs should be very proud of this place, without doubt, one of the best stadiums in the UK.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough
    FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
    Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8.05pm
    Philip Brown (Doing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It was the only London ground I'd not yet attended, and I'm trying to do the 92. I had heard a lot about how marvellous the new stadium is.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Terrible. After a day in London, I took the tube out to Seven Sisters as recommended on the Spurs' official website – so far so good. Got to there about an hour before kick-off. Then we had to join a queue in a back street before being allowed into the overground station to travel to White Hart Lane Station. The queue in the street, in the rain, was stationary for almost 20 minutes. We were then herded up to the platform, already very crowded, to wait another 10-15 minutes for a train. The train was the most crowded train I've ever been on, anywhere, including India! 
     
    Signage around the stadium to the away end was virtually non-existent. We had to walk through a Sainsbury's car-park, having to guess which exit to use (no signage). The end result was that we entered the stadium 2 minutes before kick-off. What a palaver. The Spurs website proudly announces that the stadium is easy to access by public transport. What a fib!
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Due to abysmally inadequate public transport, there was no time for any of that.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Went with a friend from Middlesbrough, and so was in the away section, which surprisingly wasn't all by a corner flag. We were almost directly behind the goal, which gave us an excellent view of the stadium and in particular the huge 'home' end behind the far goal. This quite a spectacle for sheer size.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Oddly, no home team colours were visible in the colossal home end: no banners at all, no flags and no scarves that I could see. All a bit strange, and all a bit quiet too, even though Spurs were ahead in the second minute, and 2-0 up after 15 minutes i.e. they had plenty to shout about but weren't bothering. The stewards were all pretty friendly but by and large, couldn't answer any question you asked them, even 'how do I get to Tottenham Hale tube station' the station recommended on Spurs own website! Do they get any briefing?
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    After the game I found no signage to get me to Tottenham Hale tube station, the recommended route back to Central London, on the Spurs website. Asked 6 stewards the way to get there. Not one of them knew! All a bit stressful when your last train home to the Midlands leaves Marylebone Station at 11.05pm. All that to say, allow at least an hour more than you think to get to the ground, and if you have to catch your last train, leave the ground at least 10 minutes before the end of the game as I did. All in all, not the best MatchDay experience. PS I never saw a programme seller.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    The stadium itself was impressive, especially inside. I'd say that the outside was smart but less impressive than Arsenal's. The match was quite open though it was disappointing that Spurs left out Son, Alli and Aurier, with Kane already out injured. Boro were far too nice. They barely put in a tackle. The big downer was the poor transport links to get to and get away from, the stadium. Probably the worst of any ground I've ever been to, and I have been to over 120 grounds worldwide.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Middlesbrough
    FA Cup 3rd Round Replay
    Tuesday 14th January 2020, 8.05pm
    Jim Pedley (Doing the 92 – Update!)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I have been to over 200 football stadiums worldwide, including World Cup venues. Was this new stadium truly "World Class"?
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    A little internet research makes today's football trips a doddle! I found that the Club lay on free shuttle buses (as long as you pre-book online) from Wood Green Underground Station! So I headed over to there. I first caught a train from Yorkshire to Kings Cross, then the tube to Wood Green. Being early avoids queues.
     
    Outside The Stadium
    Outside The Stadium
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    By 3 pm I was in The "Spouters Corner" Wetherspoons across the road from Wood Green tube station. Cheap steak n chips and a couple of pints. Not many fans around this early…
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It was dark by 5 pm and the shuttle buses weren't easy to find. Ask around and you'll find the stop. Every 15 minutes another free bus comes and whisks us the 3 miles or so to Tottenham. Down White Hart Lane and past Haringey Borough FC. About 15 minutes on the bus, then a short 10 minute walk to the end of the Lane to the stadium… then… WOW!
     
    Looking Towards The South Stand
     
    Looking Towards The South Stand
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Security checks to get in, even for the Club Shop, which is called the "Tottenham Experience"! 6pm, I was charging my phone with a £5 pie and a pint deal. Finally, I met some Spurs fans! Just before kick-off was surreal: the lights dimmed, dramatic music played… All very theatrical! The game, however, was flat, and the atmosphere dead. Shame.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Easy. A short walk around the corner, the free shuttle buses were waiting. I was back at Wood Green in a flash. Then a deserted tube train to Kings Cross and the last train to Leeds.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Wow. Forget the match, this stadium really is World Class. It really was a World Cup Experience. I met a lot of friendly Spurs fans, justifiably proud of their new stadium. By half-time I was at the bar taking a video of the amazing "bottoms Up" beer filling machines! I will return!
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    Premier League
    Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7.30pm
    John Holland (Norwich City)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    We usually make a point of going to London based matches but for various reasons we had not been to Spurs in recent years. The new stadium was an added appeal.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We travelled by train from Cambridge and it was straightforward with extra trains stopping at Northumberland Park. Worth noting that the trains were not overcrowded which is not usually the case when attending matches in London. It was easy to find the stadium from the station.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We had arrived 2 hours before kick off and had a pizza in Dominos before heading to the ground for drinks. The home fans were fine.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    It has a wow factor, whether this was amplified by it being a night match is hard to tell as it looked like it had been designed to be seen at night. Inside the ground, we were impressed by the generous legroom and the rail helped. The layout and build quality seemed good too. We were two seats away from the home fans and they looked to have a similar set-up to us. The colour scheme is smart and the light show was an added bonus.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    We appreciated the free, fast wi-fi. The service at the bar was good despite it being an away sell out, the drink options seemed better than the usual gassy cheap beers. The stewarding was friendly enough. The atmosphere was mainly away fans but Spurs made a decent amount of noise at times. 
     
    The game was tight, Spurs lacked a bit of cohesion and Norwich lacked a finishing touch to their chances. Spurs took the lead with a well-worked but simple goal, Norwich equalised with a penalty late in the game and looked the more likely winners but Spurs have that little bit of quality and again worked an opening so another simple but effective goal to win 2-1.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It was reasonably easy to get back to the station we were split into Northbound and Southbound which helped. We had to wait for our train as other Northbound trains came through but it was not too much of a burden.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    This stadium is a massive step up from any other stadium I have seen, it is worth a trip. It was good to see that the club seems to have retained its links with its local community. As we walked back to the station we passed houses and flats where the locals were celebrating the victory with the fans who attended. I remember this kind of thing from a trip to Spurs in the early 80s and other clubs had this bond but seem to have lost this over time.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    Premier League
    Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7.30pm
    Martin Thirkettle (Norwich City)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    My nearest away trip this season and visiting the state of the art stadium and its interesting beer dispensing method was a big plus!
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I went on a club coach. The journey a bit slow once we got off the M11 but it was the rush hour. The coaches parked on Brantwood Road (about 10 mins walk north-east of the away end).
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We were planning to go to the Redemption Brewery Tap Room but as the journey was slower than expected we decided to have a good look round the outside of the stadium before having a pint in the ground. Got a decent bacon roll from one of the street vendors on Park Lane – not a bad price for London either (£4.50 I think). The fans around the ground were friendly and no sign of any hassle.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The ground was as stunning and as 21st century as anticipated – definitely a future venue for European finals. Great view from the away end and closer to the pitch than the Emirates and the horrible London Stadium. The massive single-tier home end was impressive and the audio and visuals within the ground were clear and informative. All round very impressive both inside and out.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The security measures outside the ground were a bit slow but well managed. The stewards seemed to be enjoying the banter and seemed genuinely impressed at the away turn out (3,000 sell out on a January Wednesday night). One of the stewards in the away section was an Arsenal fan and she said she deliberately worked in the away end to enjoy the game with the visiting fans! Despite all the pre-match warnings about persistent standing we remained standing all game and the railed standing was brilliant and will hopefully be a feature of every ground soon. 
     
    I had a decent pint of Beavertown 'Neck Oil' from one of the many new dispensing units. I got served a lot quicker than I do at Carrow Road! The toilets were very modern and clean. The game itself was far better than other away games I have been to this season – despite losing we played well and deserved at least a point. As usual, we failed to convert a number of good chances – our problem all season. And for once VAR actually went our way twice (by not delivering a red card to Todd Cantwell and upholding our penalty decision) but I still hate it!. The atmosphere was a bit odd – we had bursts of singing but Spurs didn't seem to get going until they took a late lead – I don't think that the high roof helps the noise levels. All in all a good experience.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It was easy to get away from the ground and as long as you clock the route when you arrive, it was an easy walk back to the coach (despite it being dark). I say that for the majority – unfortunately, one person on our coach got a bit lost so we didn't get away as quickly as we could have. Usual awful traffic around the North Circ until we joined the M11 – got back to Norwich at about 00:30 am.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Recommend a visit – especially if, like us, you might be getting relegated so might not be going there again for a while!
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
    FA Cup 4th Round Replay
    Wednesday 5th February 2020, 7.45pm
    Steve Andrews (Doing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium? 
     
    I was looking forward to going to this ground as ‘apparently’ it’s the best in England.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I travelled up with the Spurs South Wales Supporters Club. The trip was exceptionally well organised and we arrived at the ground 2 hours before kick-off.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We went straight inside the ground. It was exceptional and seemed to cater to football fans it had a number of outstanding features. Namely: 1: A micro-brewery serving freshly made beer 2. Terracing alongside a bar that enabled fans to watch the 12 -30 game and enjoy a beer beforehand. 3. Numerous places to buy food/snacks etc. Everything was reasonably priced. As a Spurs fan said to me; "Why drink and eat outside when everything is here?"
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Fantastic, I liked the way that they used different coloured tiles to ensure the stadium ‘blended’ into the skyline. Unlike some stadiums which stick out like a sore thumb.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game was most competitive and the atmosphere first-class.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    This is where Spurs have got it perfect. The organiser of the trip arranged for us to leave the ground an hour after the game but to meet inside the stadium at the White Hart pub straight after the game. Yes, a pub inside the ground. Added to this there was a band playing and the beer was only £4 a pint. When we left it was relatively easy to get away from the ground.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Outstanding. In my opinion, the new Spurs ground is the best in England by a long way. Someday all grounds will be as good as this.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton
    FA Cup 4th Round Replay
    Wednesday 5th February 2020, 7.45pm
    Bob (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I wanted to see if the stadium lived up to its hype.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Easy to get to via Northumberland Park Railway Station and then a short walk to the stadium.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    I went straight to the ground where I had a very tasty sausage roll and a pint for £7.50. Not bad value compared to some places.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The stadium looks fantastic from outside at night, inside it is even better, lighting, screens, sound system etc.. the best. I found it well signposted with the entrances clearly marked. I don't understand how some away fans can't find the correct entrance to go to it's not rocket science. Your ticket tells you the entrance number, for away fans it's either entrance 11 or 12 which is in Worcester Avene. It is clearly marked on the map on your ticket. Worcester Avenue is accessed either by Park Lane or Northumberland Park Avenue but you cannot directly access 11 0r 12 from the High Road, as it is on the other side of the stadium. 
     
    My view of the game was perfect from the north middle tier. I have always preferred being higher up. I don't like to watch a game from lower tiers at any ground. If they showed TV matches from a lower tier position the moans would go on forever.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game was competitive with Southampton playing very well and there was a pretty decent atmosphere. The game-changer was when Spurs subs Dele and Gedson came on, with Spurs coming back from 2-1 down to win the match 3-2. The stewards were not the brightest but what do you expect, best if you need to know something to ask one of the Spurs ambassadors stationed around the stadium.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Getting away for me was easy. I walked to the Angel and got a bus but it does depend on which direction you are going sure. For those going to the station it's not so easy.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    Great stadium, easily the best in the UK by a country mile.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Wolverhampton Wanderers
    Premier League
    Sunday 1st March 2020, 2pm
    Mark Cadman (Wolverhampton Wanderers)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I hadn't yet been to the "New Lane" – so I was really looking forward to the game as heard it was a fabulous ground. Plus I thought Wolves could get something from the game.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    Dreadful. I have never known so many parking restrictions near a ground. The car parks were extortionate. The cheapest we saw was £15. Parked in Edmonton and caught the train into White Hart Lane Station right by the ground. I would recommend this to away fans travelling from North of the ground as it's street parking and a 10 minute train journey.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    Via a Spurs fan we knew, we had procured tickets in the home end so went straight into the ground for a beer. We obviously had no colours on show, but our accent didn't cause any issues in the ground thought the Spurs fans we talked to seemed a friendly bunch.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    I was totally blown away. It is very impressive! I went into the club shop and was impressed at the goods on offer. I bought a mug for my sons' girlfriend and it took no time at all to get to the checkout. Even though the shop was very busy the organisation was excellent.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    We had tickets in the big South Stand behind the goal and we were blown away by the facilities. Getting a beer cheaper than the pub was amazing. The food stalls looked amazing and reasonably priced. Orderly queues. 
     
    As we were in the home end we had to be quiet but so were the Spurs fans. Very big grounds seen to lose the atmosphere. However, the Wolves fans in the opposite end, as usual, made a heck of a noise. The match itself was a great game for anyone who was neutral. When Raul scored the winner for Wolves lots of Spurs fans left. I got the impression that where we had our tickets was where non-season ticket holders are located, either being successful in a ticket ballot, hotel and ticket packages or by other means, so almost like a "tourist" section but at least it gives people the chance to visit what we considered the best British stadium we have been too.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    This was very easy as White Hart Lane Station is right next to the ground and with loads of trains. We were back at the car within 30 minutes of the game finishing.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A fantastic ground with fantastic facilities no expense spared and a fantastic result and no one twigged we were Wolves fans so had no problems. I really enjoyed the day just wished we could have got tickets in the away end.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    FA Cup Fifth Round
    Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7.45pm
    Tim Scales (Norwich City)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Cup runs are few and far between with Norwich City so I was desperate for us to get to the Quarter Finals for the first time since 1992. Plus, we were taking 9000 fans. I wasn't as impressed as some with the ground for the earlier Premier League game but I was hoping I could have a more enjoyable experience for the cup tie.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    We drove to Stansted Mountfitchet and parked there before getting the train down to Tottenham Hale for the game. We perhaps would've been better getting off at Northumberland Park, but it was only a 20-minute walk nonetheless. Follow the crowds and you'll find it easily.
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    We broke up the walk from the station by visiting the Beehive pub which is about half a mile from Tottenham Hale and about 10 minutes away from the ground. It served lots of good beer and also made barbecue-style food fresh to order. The Tottenham fans we spoke to were friendly and wished us well for the game ahead.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Before getting to the ground, you have to go through airport security – or at least that's what it feels like! I feel that the new ground is good looking if a little better suited to hosting the San Francisco 49ers vs Miami Dolphins than Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City. Our seats on the side in the lower tier of the away end gave us a superb view. The large one-tiered stand behind the goal opposite the away end does look impressive.
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    The game began in accordance with the table as 7th placed Tottenham started the better side and took the lead after 13 minutes when Jan Verthongen rose highest to head home from Giovani Lo Celso's set-piece. Lucas Moura could have made it two when Tom Trybull's sloppy pass was intercepted, only to be denied by the fantastic Tim Krul. However, Norwich grew into the game and Emi Buendía was denied by Michel Vorm before Lukas Rupp made the Dutch keeper spill a strike from distance – a precursor for what was to come. Norwich slowly began to dominate and got their rewards 12 minutes from time. Michel Vorm again spilled a shot from distance before Josip Drmic pounced for his third goal for the club and second in the FA Cup having also scored in the 2-1 win at Burnley in the Fourth Round. 
     
    Spurs upped the ante to try and win the game in 90 minutes but Ben Godfrey cleared Serge Aurier's shot off of the line to deny Tottenham's best chance of the winner. Extra-time came and went and we had penalties. Eric Dier gave Tottenham the lead before Kenny McLean missed but City then scored their next three penalties, with Erik Lamela sending his spot-kick over the bar before Troy Parrott's effort was saved by Tim Krul. Gedson Fernandes had to score to keep Tottenham in the tie but his penalty was weak and Krul saved again to send the 9000 Norwich fans into a frenzy! 
     
    The atmosphere was OK, not spectacular. The occasional half-hearted roar from the Tottenham fans and Norwich fans in were decent voice without being raucous. However, the celebrations from the away end when Krul saved from Fernandes will live long in the memory of many a Canary. As for the facilities, the concourse is disappointing for a new ground with the bar being too small to deal with sell-out crowds and cramped up against a staircase. I bought two drinks from a vendor who was walking around but it was £4.50 for a 330ml bottle of Heineken. Not ideal.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    It's not that bad given that there were 57,000 people in attendance and we again walked back to Tottenham Hale for our train to Stansted Mountfitchet. With the game going to penalties, we didn't get back to Norwich until 2 am but it was worth it.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    A very memorable day out with a superb finale. Hopefully, we can beat Manchester United in the Quarters…
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    FA Cup Fifth Round
    Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7.45pm
    Keith Barry (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    From what I had read the stadium sets new standards, so I was interested to see if it matched the hype. Reduced ticket prices (£25) helped – my seat would cost £72 for a Premier League game.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Train from Stratford to Northumberland Park and a 15 minute walk. It was clearly signed from the station.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    I went into the ground to try the in-house brewery. Had a pie & pint – if you buy them within an hour of the gates opening they £5.00 for pie & pint which is a good deal.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    I was impressed by the outside of the stadium, which is visually striking. I was in the top tier (thankfully I was able to use the lift!) and the seating & view were excellent. Decent legroom.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    The DJ tried in vain to drum an atmosphere before kick off but so many fans were in the bars it fell flat. Having 9,000 away fans helped and when Spurs fans sang it was impressively loud.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    I left as soon as the penalties finished and walked back to Northumberland Park. Not too long a queue to get into the station and a Stratford bound train came soon. Then a tube and bus home.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    I was very impressed. Unlike some other large grounds, the fans made a lot of noise, especially from the big stand behind one goal. It certainly raises the bar.

  • Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
    FA Cup Fifth Round
    Wednesday 4th March 2020, 7.45pm
    Andrew Davidson (Doing the 92)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    Obviously any football fan would be looking forward to visiting this stadium! I was not too concerned about which game it was for, as long as it was a competitive game. The Norwich match was one of the few to go on general sale.
     
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
     
    I travelled from East Croydon to Farringdon. I then took the tube to Liverpool Street and then got a train to Northumberland Park station. From there I just followed the crowd!
     
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     
    As it was raining I went quickly through the checks into the stadium.
     
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
     
    The stadium, as many people have said, looks like an alien spaceship. Inside it is quite magnificent. I particularly liked the legroom, the uniform colour of the seats and the great sightlines. I would say that the PA system is a bit on the loud side!
     
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
     
    Spurs were the superior team in the first half but Norwich deserved their equaliser as they edged the second period. The stewards were excellent as there were probably a lot of first time visitors present. I had eaten before, so had a couple of diet cokes, which were chilled nicely.
     
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
     
    Like the old White Hart Lane, the ground really needs a closer major rail or tube line. As the two railway stations are small, I decided to walk to Seven Sisters tube then go via St Pancras to East Croydon. I arrived there at 11.50, as the game went to penalties.
     
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
     
    The stadium is quite outstanding, with no real drawbacks. First-time visitors though should be aware of the no bag policy, the fact that the stadium is cashless and the public transport issues post-match. I will definitely be returning, possibly for the England v Australia rugby league match in November.
  • Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
    Premier League
    Saturday 27th August 2016, 12.30pm
    Stijn (Liverpool fan)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting White Hart Lane?

    As an international fan, it isn't quite easy to get tickets to away games, so it was a nice chance to support the team away from home and closer to where I actually live (Belgium). And because it was our last league game at the Lane, I was looking forward to just experience it at match day (had been there once at a non-match day, while visiting London).

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    We parked our car a few miles away from the ground and took the tube to Seven Sisters. All went quite easy and fast, but the walk from Seven Sisters to the ground can be a long walk if the weather's bad (which was not the case on our late August trip!).

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Had a traditional pre-match meal (fries and a burger) and a drink in a pub called The Antwerp Arms. We had our Liverpool shirts on, but that didn't seem to be a problem to the many home fans who were inside. Most of them just ignored us, but they weren't hostile either.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of White Hart Lane?

    White Hart Lane is what a traditional, proper football ground should look like; a bit old fashioned designed, close to the pitch, compact, a bit intimidating. Pretty good view from the away end! Shame it will be gone at the end of this season, glad I had the chance to experience it one last time.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Getting a 1-1 draw at the Lane should please us mostly, but with the game in mind and coming back from a disappointing 2-0 loss at Burnley the week before, we were a bit disappointed not to have won the game. Big parts of the game I thought we were slightly the better side, especially in the first half. We took a deserved lead with a well taken James Milner penalty just before half time. When Sadio Mané's goal was called off with the closest offside call ever I really thought we were going to roll over them. So it was a bit disappointing we lost the grip on the game in the last 20 minutes and to see Spurs equalise with a Danny Rose goal. Atmosphere was okay, not great. Both sets of fans were pretty quiet, which was definitely disappointing from our point of view as the travelling Kop. Had no food inside, so I can't really judge on that. Stew arts were friendly and could cope well with some Scouse humour.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Long walk back to Seven Sisters with a bit of summer rain falling, mixed up with Spurs fans without problems. Despite the huge amount of fans trying to get on the tube, we could leave pretty quick.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Despite the result, a good day out! As a Liverpool fan in a London borough, I expected a lot more hostility, which is a big credit to Spurs fans. White Hart Lane one final time was a nice experience. Shame those old traditional grounds are disappearing…

  • Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth
    Premier League
    Saturday 30th November 2019, 3pm
    Paul Sheppard (AFC Bournemouth)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    My first trip to the new stadium so obviously intrigued to see what all the fuss was about and if it justified the hype (it did).

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    Very. Took the advice of another reviewer on here (thanks to Martin H, Villa fan) and took the tube on the Victoria Line to Tottenham Hale for 12 minutes before getting a train to Northumberland Park for about two minutes, from where it only took me about 8 minutes to talk to the stadium. Took just under an hour to get from Euston to the ground. Most fans (home and away) got off at Seven Sisters but I wouldn't do that personally. The only faff is finding the train station when you get off at Tottenham Hale but it wasn't that big an issue.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    Didn't engage with any home fans although they seemed friendly enough (Tottenham fans are amongst the least annoying home fans when they score against us I find!). Arranged to meet my friend and we had a couple of drinks inside the ground as we didn't find anywhere more appealing in our research on this website. I had a couple of pints of Heineken at £4.50 a pop and he had a pint of something trendier for £5.50 (and there was an inbetweener at £5 that neither of us had!). Do NOT use the bars nearer the TV screens within an hour of kick off but move down the far end where the serving points have MUCH shorter queues: when it came to my round there were massive queues near the TVs but I got served instantly at the far end of the concourse at about 2.15.

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?

    Yeah very impressed. Not a lot else to say really: the view was great even though it was lower tier and it just looks really impressive all round. Unfashionably, I like to sit down and had enough points to buy our tickets as soon as they went on sale so bought the front row in block 116 (right in the corner of the ground and middle of the away fans) as it was slightly elevated but we had nobody in front of us so it was a great view.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    Not bad until we went 3-0 down. This was not a true reflection of the game given we had 20 attempts on goal and 46% possession so the two late goals from our sub Harry Wilson gave the scoresheet a kore accurate reflection of the game. Spurs were far more clinical though and Dele Alli and Sissoke took their goals very well. The atmosphere is a little lacking but no more so than most modern grounds and the Spurs fans did their bit to create an atmosphere.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

    Very easy actually. I just did the reverse of my trip to the ground. Took a few minutes queuing in the southbound queue at Northumberland Park but as I walked right to the end of the platform the first carriage had plenty of space. Then I got a tube back to Euston and was there for about 5.50 p.m. (took 50-55 minutes to and from the stadium).

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

    Very enjoyable. For London, the beer was reasonably priced (and yeah I enjoyed seeing the pints fill up from the bottom!). The game was in danger of petering out when we went 3 down but in the end, we could have grabbed a very late equaliser although I think that would have been more than we deserved. The new ground is managed very efficiently and everything is clearly signposted. I found White Hart Lane a friendly and pleasant day out and this was exactly the same.

Updated 19th June 2020