Former Spurs defender Ramon Vega has criticised the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after attending the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The Swiss international was present in north London to watch Harry Kane score the only goal of the game to help his side secure a 1-0 victory over the Eagles.

Vega took to Twitter to describe the 62,850-capacity venue as not having as good an atmosphere as the stadium in which he played at, labelling it as ‘cold and disconnected’.

The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in 2019 at a cost of £1billion (BBC) and has become a multi-purpose arena with numerous sporting events including the NFL and rugby taking place there, as well as other money-spinning concerts fronted by the likes of Guns N’ Roses and Beyonce later this summer.

Vega said: “It was great to visit my ex-Club @SpursOfficial but I still prefer the old stadium White Hart Lane much better atmosphere, it felt cold and disconnected.”

Ramon Vega

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SpursWeb Opinion

While many while obviously have an emotional tie to White Hart Lane, there are a few things to consider when comparing the two atmospheres of the stadia.

WHL was typically filled with ardent supporters who could afford match day tickets rather than the corporate money spinner that the new ground has become with plenty of day-trippers occupying the seats.

The current mood around the club is borderline toxic, with many fans angry at the way things are being run by those in the boardroom – the timing of Vega’s visit has obviously played a part in the subdued atmosphere.

More needs to be done to seat those together who want to create an atmosphere, the single-tier south stand should be the focal point of the stadium for the ‘wall of sound’ we were promised.

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