Last night the hubby and I had a night off from the children to go and experience the first game at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and it was incredible!
When we reached Seven Sisters train station I realised how heavily outnumbered I was in the male to female ratio. The game is so loved by men and to be fair I can see why they enjoy going to the games so much. They’re able to have some time out having fun with their friends in a completely male dominated environment. It’s so easy to get caught up in why us mum’s need to relax and have some space, and it felt like this was the equivalent of a spa day for us women.
We finally caught the first glimpse of the stadium and it looked huge! I remember the old stadium belonging in the area, this stadium completely dominated the skyline and even in its super modern look and sleek finish, it seems to have already been embraced by its surroundings.
When we approached the stadium, Ian described it as incredible and I agree the closer you got, the more you could appreciate everything which had gone into the development. We approached the South Stand and with it being the first ever game we decided to go straight in and have a look around the inside, instead of exploring the outside.
Entry into the stadium was the smoothest I think I have ever experienced. To their credit, a lot of information and advice was shared prior to the game by Tottenham, but you never know if it will be that way in reality. We couldn’t fault them one bit. To begin with we were asked to show our tickets before we were even allowed near the actual ticketing barriers, this was to stop people entering the stadium via the wrong gate. We walked straight up to the security gates (we had no bags) and walked right on in through the detectors with no hold ups.
Signage was so clear there was no real way of getting lost and not knowing which direction to go. We entered using our mobile phones with the Spurs Official App and that was it…we were actually in!
It felt like there was so much to see, the beers filling from the bottom of the glasses, the micro-brewery, the food market and then of course the pitch itself!
The South Stand is an incredible single tier intended to create a wall of sound. We arrived quite early and managed to see this without many other fans and it was immense.
After the seats were full, well 59,215 seats to be exact (somehow it wasn’t completely full) the stadium energy was electric, the LED adverts were almost flying around the sky and with the waving flags we were in a sea of blue and white, the atmosphere was infections and the noise was astonishing.
The songs reverberated around the stadium like warrior songs before battle, it must have been pretty intimidating for the away team and exactly what Tottenham would have wanted to create!
The opening ceremony lacked a bit of flare for me but made up for this in talent. I’m not sure if it’s just the word ‘ceremony’ that made me almost expect an Olympic Games style opening, but it definitely wasn’t that. The Gladesmore Community School choir did however do an outstanding job in their rendition of “Everybody Dreams” and “Glory Tottenham Hotspur”.
You couldn’t event hear the whistle for kick off as the fans were so loud and unified in their singing. I also hadn’t realised how many football chants I knew from Ian singing them to Holly and Liam at home. I couldn’t help but get carried away joining in.
The poor players were being managed by what seemed like 59,000 managers on the side-line all contending for the players to hear their advice. But it was in one moment when a counter attack wasn’t successful and nearly the whole stadium groaned I thought perhaps they do deserve the money they are being paid! Maybe it’s the mum in me but the pressure they are under is enormous!
The one thing I did think they had got wrong was the colour of the sponsorship adverts, I do feel they should have considered this more as AIA would pop up making the stadium turn red and with this being the colour of a not so loved London rival, that just didn’t seem right.
When Tottenham scored their goals to result in a 2-0 victory, I really thought Ian was going to fall down the entire height of the South Stand, fortunately the man in front who broke his fall a little found it funny and they continued celebrating together!
Once the game was over and it was time to leave I was a bit anxious about the steps as it was so steep, but everyone took their time with no pushing so exiting was very calm. The streets had been closed closest to the Stadium, but as we got further away walking back to Seven Sisters it soon turned into pedestrian vs vehicles. Those on foot were winning until one lone bus driver decided to take his lane back and everyone quickly jumped back on the path.
We were predictably British and joined the queue putting us in a pen only to find we could have easily walked around and got back to the station much quicker. Oh well, we’ll know for next time. The underground was full of friendly football fans and when we finally got home at 12:15 my mum was happy to tell us all about her time with the children.
So the only thing remaining for me to share on my experience at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium are my final thoughts:
- How much has the noise gone up for local residents with almost double the amount of fans?
- What was the actual ratio of women to men?
- Did the man banging the massive LED screen hurt his hand?
- Why is football seen as the beautiful game when most of the people watching it are extremely stressed?