Tottenham Hotspur finally opened their brand new stadium last night, getting underway with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.
This marked the end of 18 years worth of planning for Daniel Levy, two and a half years of building, and six months of delays. Tottenham are finally home.
The 62,000 seat capacity is far above the 36,000 of the old White Hart Lane, something that Levy believes now gives Spurs the grounds to be called a big club.
Some Arsenal fans have claimed that Tottenham are obsessed with the Gunners, designing their stadium to be marginally bigger than the Emirates.
However, Levy has distanced himself from these claims, merely claiming that they made the stadium as big as possible.
Spurs will be hoping that they can use the increased capacity, atmosphere, and match day profits to invest in a quality squad that can finally put an end to the decade-long wait for a trophy.
Levy said (talkSPORT): “It’s nothing to do with Arsenal.
“All I can say is we wanted to build a stadium that had a minimum capacity of 60,000, and we managed to get it to 62,000.
“I don’t think you can be a big club in a 36,000-seater stadium.
“This is a 62,000-seater stadium – the second biggest in the UK – and I think our fans deserve it, and our players deserve to play in front of a big audience.
“I’m obviously proud, but I’m proud for all our fans. I think we’re delivering something which is great for them, great for our players, and it’s great for London. This is an iconic stadium.
“I take a long-term view. It’s very hard to be right at the top, but we are one of the biggest clubs in the world and we will continue growing. We want to be there and we want to win.”
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