The Magical Night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

North London welcomed Tottenham Hotspur home with heavy snowfall this evening. There are not many better signs which suggest that north London is indeed lilywhite.

One might argue that there is a power shift in the north side of the capital. This shift, if not characterised by performances on the pitch, is clearly visible in terms of technology.

The amazing venue with the working title of ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ did not disappoint. The lights, the fireworks, the sound quality, it all seems perfect at Tottenham’s new home.

Fans made their way towards the seats for an opening ceremony 15 minutes before the start of the game.

At precisely 7:30 the ceremony began. The glorious ‘Glory, Glory, Hallelujah’ echoed around the ground as the players made their way out onto the pitch.

Rounded off with a firework show, the spectacle will be remembered by Spurs fans for the rest of their lives. Many of them sitting around me had tears in their eyes and bodies full of goose bumps.

The flags placed neatly on every navy-blue seat, filled the air as the game kicked off. The home atmosphere was electrifying. I am certain that even the most beautiful descriptive word in the English dictionary would fail to effectively describe what 62,000 fans witnessed at the new White Hart Lane.

The support was constant with ‘Come On You Spurs’ and ‘Oh When The Spurs’ chants ringing around. The first half was characterised by Tottenham’s dominance but also their inability to score a goal. Spurs created chances but failed to convert any of them.

The fans, however, did not need any encouragement to create an incredible atmosphere.

The second half was started off very strongly by the Lilywhites. The long awaited first Premier League goal was scored by Heung-Min Son in 55th minute. The already thunderous noise became deafening.

25 minutes later it became almost unbearable, as Christian Eriksen put Tottenham two goals ahead.

Children in the family stand were covering their ears while celebrating as if Tottenham won the Champions League.

And in some way, tonight was not just about the game against Crystal Palace. It was about something more and the fans felt it. Tonight, was about the future of the club. Speaking to the older fans, you instantly realise that they are looking towards the future more than the past.

That was unthinkable less than a decade ago. The club has turned into a Premier League giant with a world class stadium and world class fans. Despite plenty of criticism, Daniel Levy has secured a very financially stable and hopefully successful future for the north London club.

Tonight, therefore, we should all celebrate. Not just because we beat Crystal Palace and remain in the race for the top four, but also because we can be proud of the team that we support, we can be proud of our loyal fans, including those who did not get to see tonight’s game at White Hart Lane.

The future is looking very bright and we’ll all be a part of it. The magical night might have come to an end, but the most magical time is still ahead of us.

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