Spurs host Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane tonight - but concrete still being poured at delayed 62,000-seat venue
Eight months after it was originally meant to open the new stadium designed by Populous for Tottenham Hotspur is set to open to the public tonight.
The 62,062-seat stadium will host its first Premier League match tonight, a game between Spurs and Crystal Palace, after hosting two test events at the venue at the end of last month.
The nine-storey stadium contains 998m2 of television screens, three ‘feature bars’, an entire brewery, a grass pitch which can be slid away to host American football games and countless luxury bars and restaurants.
Christopher Lee, managing director of Populous (EMEA), said: “This is a game changer. There is no doubt in my mind that the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is the best stadium in the world and has set an incredible benchmark to follow.
“Daniel [Spurs chairman Daniel Levy] has challenged us at every point in the journey, but this has led to a stadium which will be the crucible of the club’s passion for generations to come.”
Notable features inside the stadium include a 17,500-seat single-tier ‘home end’ stand, a new fan zone in the South stand atrium, with street-food style market stall and the 65m Goal Line Bar, which is Europe’s longest bar.
While the stadium is set to host its first game tonight, work is still ongoing, with concrete being poured outside an entrance to the 17,000 capacity South stand and unfinished work at the site clearly visible (see pictures below).