The development of the Spurs New Stadium took a major step forward on the 2nd October, with the arrival of the pitch the team will be playing on.
The new pitch is very similar to the one that was previously at White Hart Lane, with polymer strands reinforcing the natural pitch. Members of Tottenham Hotspur’s ground staff had been based in Holland, were the surface was being prepared, for the past 8 weeks to ensure the quality of the pitch was up to standard.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2018
Just getting the pitch to North London was a colossal undertaking, with over 5500 square metres of turf cut into 2.4m wide x 12m long strips. These were then loaded onto refrigerated lorries to be transported to the grounds.
With each roll weighing approximately 1.5 tonnes, specialised vehicles were needed to lay the turf over the course of 3 days, with the process completed on 4th October. We think it looks fantastic!
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 4, 2018
The football playing surface can be retracted on three trays under the south stand. This concept has been seen before, particularly in NFL stadiums in America. However, this is a first retractable pitch in the UK and this is the first in the world to split into 3 pieces before doing so.
Each of the three sections weigh a remarkable 3,000 tonnes, so every section breaks down into a further 33 sections to make moving the combined almost 10,000 tonnes easier.
Once the grass has retracted, under the stand a series of lights and irrigation systems are used to keep the pitch maintained.
A world-first integrated pitch grow lighting system is now in operation at #SpursNewStadium, following the laying of our new pitch.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2018
A true engineering marvel by Sheffield based engineering firm SCX, this whole process takes under half an hour
Underneath the football pitch is a wholly synthetic pitch, designed for the London branch of the NFL. This surface will also be used for concerts and other events, ensuring the hallowed turf of the Spurs New Stadium is kept in prime condition.
This secondary pitch sits a metre and a half below the Spurs New Stadium primary pitch, a difference designed to provide the optimum view for the front row of both games.
There’s still work to do, but the new ground is really taking shape and beginning to look like the home our favourite team deserves.
With the pitch in place, we’re one step closer to news about when the first test events and first official game to be held at the new stadium will be.