Back in January when Covid-19 was far away from Europe in China, and social distancing and furlough were not words that were not mentioned every five seconds, Sport (more importantly football) was still being played and stadium tours were still occurring everyday.
Oh football, and oh the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Situated in Tottenham, North London, stands a start of the art football stadium. However, if you take the stadium away you would think you were still in the 1970s – nothing else has changed. The streets are filled with the same old buildings, none of which has been modernised, and left in their original state. In fact my grandparents old shop (now a barbers) sits in Tottenham High Road almost untouched. The shop might have changed (once a DIY) shop, and now a hairdressers, but the actual building hasn’t seen much improvement since 1974 (when my Nan sold the shop and moved with my Dad out of London and to the seaside). The stadium itself seems slightly out of place, including an updated White Hart Lane Overground station, Lily-white House (the head offices of Tottenham Hotspur), and a new Sainsbury’s. This is the home of the mighty Spurs, and what a stadium it is.
On match day’s it is filled with 60,000 fans who wonder down Tottenham High Road or Park Lane, before entering the stadium for their match day pie and a pint, before sitting (standing) through 90 minutes of football. The emotions that fill the stadium are that of any supporter of any football club – happiness, stress, anger, proud, annoyed… But this is Tottenham and this stadium isn’t just for football. The NFL have already played two matches here, and there was supposed to be Rugby Union, Boxing, and of course summer concerts to fill the void between the football season ending the middle of may and starting up again in the middle of August. However, everything has been turned on its head in a climate that has now changed the way we all live and work currently in the UK.
The stadium still stands there in its glory, so why not look back on its beauty in its first year of officially being open including the memories of matches (good and bad).
SPURS V INTER MILAN (PRE SEASON FRIENDLY) – AUGUST 2019
SPURS V CRYSTAL PALACE – PREMIER LEAGUE – 14TH SEPTEMBER 2019
SPURS V SOUTHAMPTON – PREMIER LEAGUE – 30TH SEPTEMBER 2019
SPURS V RED STAR – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – OCTOBER 2019
SPURS V SHEFFIELD UNITED – PREMIER LEAGUE – NOVEMBER
SPURS V BOURNEMOUTH – PREMIER LEAGUE – 30TH NOVEMBER 2019
SPURS V NORWICH CITY – PREMIER LEAGUE – 22ND JANUARY 2020
SPURS STADIUM TOUR – 27TH JANUARY 2020
SPURS V RB LEIPZIG – CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – FEBRUARY 2020
SPURS V WOLVES – PREMIER LEAGUE – 1ST MARCH 2020
SPURS V NORWICH CITY – FA CUP 5TH ROUND – 4TH MARCH 2020