Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Tottenham Hotspur smashed their new stadium opening by beating Crystal Palace 2-0.
In an emotional homecoming, the club’s new £1 billion pound stadium welcomed 59,215 spectators to the match at the North London venue. Spurs had been using Wembley during the construction of the new state of the art stadium, which has now opened, six months behind schedule.
It would have been frustrating to have lost their first match in their new home, but the team didn’t disappoint, Son Heung-min making history as the first player to score a Premier League goal at the new stadium 55 minutes into the game.
Christian Eriksen sealed the deal, to the cheers of the crowd, as Spurs ‘leapfrogged’ ahead of Arsenal in the points table. Described as the perfect homecoming, the stadium has certainly been the talking point of football this week. Not only hitting headlines for their brilliant win but Tottenham have also been busy breaking records this week.
With world record profits of £113m after tax last season, the club’s figure overtakes the £106m profit for Liverpool, Spurs’ Premier League rivals. Through a combo of bigger crowds attending their matches at Wembley during the new stadium build and the odd player sale, the clubs income rose from £310m to £380m.
The new stadium has a capacity of 62,062 compared to the 36,284 seater White Hart Lane, Spurs’ previous stadium which was demolished in 2017. Tottenham have already seen the impact a larger stadium can have on revenue. Whilst holding matches at Wembley, their Premier League matchday revenue more than doubled, from £19m to £42.6m.
Let’s take a tour – take a look at BBC Sport’s look around the new stadium.
It’s now the biggest club ground in London, with the longest bar in Europe at 65m, as well as being the first stadium to have its own microbrewery on site. And with 65 different food traders it’s time to say goodbye to that traditional half time pie…