With construction work taking place around the clock, the behemoth which is the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium continues to rise from the ashes of where White Hart Lane once stood, however, I still struggle to get over the fact that the Lane is no more.
Yes, I agree we need to move forward with the times. Football is now a business and every bum on seat, slice of cheese ate in the plush hospitality area and shirt sold is a crucial part to being able to try to compete on a level playing field with the rest of the big-spending clubs.
As I step into the stadium for the curtain opener against Liverpool in September, I cannot help but think I’ll be saying “This isn’t the Lane” in my head and here are my reasons why.
White Hart Lane had the Shelf and Paxton which helped to create an amazing atmosphere at the Lane. Sadly, our most vocal supporters have been dispersed in the new due to the new season tickets being sold in phases. Yes, we will have the south stand which promises a ‘wall of sound’, but will it really generate the atmosphere which we are used to?
There was something special about a European night under the lights at the Lane. Our heroes playing in all white created memories which will last a lifetime. Will the new stadium be able to mimic the uniqueness of these nights we all hold such dearly?
Granted, the new stadium is closer to the pitch than the likes of the Emirates, while West Ham fans have to use binoculars to spot Mark Noble being manhandled by Moussa Sissoko. The Lane was so close to the pitch, which helped to create such an intimidating atmosphere – you felt as if you were on top of the pitch. I for one will miss this.
The cockerel which sat proudly on top of the West and East stands was an iconic part of the Lane. The new stadium whilst it does have some nods to the old stadium, it has no place for the cockerel in such a visible manner on the roof.
The player’s entrance
For years, the player’s entrance at the Lane has was the main entrance off the High Street. Fans of all ages would line the pavement to catch sight of their heroes in their flash cars. Players will now park underneath the stadium, limiting the visibility of the stars to the everyday fan.
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