The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has picked up the ‘prestigious’ world’s best stadium at the TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2020, Football.London has revealed.
Spurs’ new home was reportedly among hundreds of other stadiums from around the world nominated for this year’s award.
The list was then reduced to a seven-strong shortlist for the Venue of the Year award, which is handed to ‘the world’s best stadium, arena or sports venue’ in 2020.
Other than Tottenham’s s 62,303-capacity home, 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.
The judging panel of industry experts and venue leaders decided on the shortlists and winners by comparing them using metrics such as events, fan experience, innovation, sustainability and technology, with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium coming out on top.
The statement released by the TheStadiumBusiness Awards 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.
“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.”
Spurs Web Opinion
This is certainly something to be proud of considering some of the amazing venues ours was pitted against in the final shortlist. I still don’t think Daniel Levy gets enough credit from some Spurs fans for what he has achieved with the stadium. While Populous obviously deserve credit for their design, it is clear that this was Levy’s vision from day one. The legacy of the stadium is something that will remain with us for the best part of the next century.
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