With a busy schedule in recent weeks, with fixtures across the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup, news about the Spurs New Stadium has taken a back seat. Here’s everything you need to know to get back up to date.
A major step was taken at the beginning of October, with the new stadium’s pitch and the maintenance apparatus to go with it being installed. Since then work has continued steadily, with the outer glass cladding, interior work and seat installation all continuing steadily.
Went up to the New Stadium today , tried to resist until the first game but with the shop open seemed worth while, OMG that place is incredible, you don’t get a feel of the size on the live feeds it’s amazing, shop is worth a visit pic.twitter.com/3uxeb0XYba
— West Sussex Spurs (@westsussexspurs) October 24, 2018
Fans have also had a taste of this new era for the Lilywhites with the opening of the Spurs Shop at the new stadium’s ‘Spurs Experience’ area, the first in what the club is saying will be a series of further visitor attractions at the stadium.
Covering a huge 23,000 sq ft, it’s the biggest retail space in European football, selling everything from Spurs kits and merchandise to Nike sportswear and NFL gear. The shop also has in-house printing services for customised shirts, FIFA 19 available to play on Playstation 4 consoles and a 100 seat auditorium that will be used for press events and special appearances.
A look inside our new Spurs Shop at the Tottenham Experience… now open.👌
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 24, 2018
The shop is embodying the ethos of combining the old with the new seen across the whole stadium. The shop is completely cashless, with curved LED screens showing key club information, while the custom printing goes on behind a restored facade of the old Tottenham & Edmonton Dispensary, all while making use of the Grade II listed Warmington House.
Fans have also been receiving their One Hotspur membership packs, with bonuses like a commemorative tin, blank key and a card holder for membership cards and season tickets. The focus on modernity and sustainability seen throughout the new stadium is also seen in the matchday bag-for-life. A security compliant clear bag, this is designed to aid in the clubs commitment to stopping the use of single use plastics across the venue.
Eric Dier on the Spurs New Stadium
While Mauricio Pochettino has been asked about the new stadium’s progress multiple times before games and club owners have issued statements and press releases throughout the building process, the players haven’t spoken up much about the new stadium.
Eric Dier bucked this trend this week when speaking at the press conference ahead of their face-off against PSV Eindhoven. The 24 year old midfielder was optimistic about the delay’s the stadium is facing, saying;
“The stadium, I don’t think people need to get too hung up on it. The fact is when we move in the stadium is going to be something that is going be fantastic for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club for the next 100 years,”
“They shouldn’t focus on if it’s going to be done in November, December…that month is going to be so insignificant when you look at the bigger picture.”
“Obviously we’re all really excited get into the new stadium. Last season everyone was really looking to it. The closer we got to the end of last season everyone was looking forward to it.
“Moving into the new stadium, I understand the excitement around it. But last season we played all season at Wembley and we became very comfortable there. It’s almost normal and natural now that we play there, and we feel comfortable there.”
The original White Hart Lane served as Spurs’ home base for nearly 120 years, and a development as ambitious and forward thinking as the Spurs new stadium is looking to be will surely be a major boost to the club for years to come and a solid base to build on the progress the team has made through the top flight of English football in the past five years or so.
In news a little closer to the now however, the big question is what comes next for the stadium.
When will the Spurs New Stadium open?
The club is expected to announce where the home fixtures against Chelsea (24th November) & Southampton (5th December) will be held, with Wembley to host the games, as it has for Spurs’ other rescheduled games this season. After that, Spurs will have until early November to inform the FA if they want to move their game against Burnley (15th December) to the national stadium.
Update (27/10/18): Following a statement from the club, the home fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton, Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers will be held at Wembley. An extract from the club’s statement reads;
“we have taken the decision to confirm today that all home games will be played at Wembley Stadium up to and including the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 29 December.”
Stay up to date
As the likely open date gets closer and closer, more details are likely to be released in the coming weeks and months regarding test events, opening parts of the stadium to the public and first fixtures.
For regular up to the minute updates of all the latest Spurs news, following our social media platforms.
For all the latest news from the Spurs new stadium straight to your inbox, as well as competitions, offers and updates from our growing Spurs community, sign up to our regular Spurs newsletter.