Tottenham Hotspur open their gates for a senior match day for the first time tomorrow night, a momentous occasion in the club’s history.
Spurs have held two test events with huge success at the stadium so far, as crowds of 30,000 and 45,000 flocked to watch the under 18s and legends team respectively.
Six months after the opening date was scheduled, and two and a half years after building started, the Spurs first team will now finally take to the pitch.
While Spurs were doing well at Wembley, many asked whether they should hold off on the move, but the final month or so in the national stadium had small crowds and little atmosphere.
What the new ground will bring is a roaring crowd for the five remaining home games, and Mauricio Pochettino claims he is determined to ensure the first game at the stadium is a win.
He also believes that the atmosphere will improve, and having the majority of the remaining games this season at the new ground will be a major advantage.
Poch said (Football London): “Yes, it must be an advantage, a massive boost for us. Now we need to feel that our new stadium is our new home. We need to feel comfortable. We have had only one training session, but tomorrow night we must feel well and celebrate not only the party and the opening but also three points which would be massive for us.
“For sure, in our minds, it will be amazing tomorrow. Hopefully one of the best atmospheres in all stadiums of football. Our people are so excited. You can see when the U18s played, or the legends on Saturday, the people were so excited. Watching the first team play is going to be one of the most important days in the history of the club. I think people are going to be so excited to help the team achieve the three points.
“We were talking the day we trained here. Be sure that you’re watching everything because we need to be focused on Wednesday. We are involved in a positive atmosphere and maybe for everyone football is not so important, more about the stadium, but I cannot be moaning about that. We need to deal with it. This is one of the most important things in the history of the club and we need to understand it is a football game we must win. It is so important for us but at the same time the people are going to be excited about not only the game but one of the best stadiums in the world.”
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