Tottenham Hotspur Stadium picks up ‘prestigious’ award
Yes, our magnificent Stadium has picked up a prestigious world’s best Stadium at the Stadium business awards 2020. Daniel and Joe must be rubbing their hands in glee. I bet Chelsea and Arsenal are a bit jealous (ok, a lot jealous). But to be fair most of the stadiums in England/ Scotland are not up to scratch.
Our Stadium was reportedly among hundreds of other stadiums from around the world nominated for this year’s award and considering the quality of some other venues around the globe it is some achievement.
After significant consideration and debate, the venues were whittled down to a seven-strong shortlist for the Venue of the year award, 2020.
The others to make the shortlist were the Allianz Field in Minnesota, Chase Center in San Francisco, Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, and the Optus Stadium in Perth. Quite impressive.
The panel of experts that judged the venues decided on the shortlists and winners by comparing them using metrics such as events, fan experience, innovation, sustainability and technology, with our Stadium coming out on top. Hurray, drinks all around Mr Levy and Lewis.
The statement that was released by the wards committee read: “Since opening in April 2019, the new, 62,000-capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has set a new benchmark for the fan experience in European football. The Populous-designed Venue has a fully retractable playing surface, is the first purpose-built home for the NFL in Europe and has been designed to deliver an outstanding matchday atmosphere for both sports and entertainment.”
They continued with, “With uninterrupted sightlines and spectators closer to the pitch than at any comparable ground in the UK, the steep stands create a tighter, more compact stadium bowl. Fan spaces include the five-storey atrium in the South Stand with food stalls, a microbrewery and a 65-metre bar – the longest in Europe. Whilst the facilities and fit-out are impressive in themselves; it is the performance of the Venue as a business and as a fan destination that stands out.”