Tottenham Hotspur are scheduled to move into their new 62,062-seater stadium on Wednesday 3 April when they will face Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
But before Mauricio Pochettino’s men take to the field for that eagerly anticipated opener in just over a week’s time, Spurs must first get through a couple of test of events, starting with an U18s duel against Southampton on Sunday - during which Pochettino will be interviewed on the pitch at half-time in front of 30,000 fans - followed by a Legends fixture next Saturday.
Pass those two tests with flying colours and they are in.
Tottenham, who left White Hart Lane in 2017, were originally supposed to move into the ultra-modern stadium at the start of the season but a series of delays halted proceedings.
However, the final touches are now being made as fans await the opening of the club’s new pad.
So what can fans look out for in particular?
The exact capacity is 62,062 - the South Stand holds a whopping 17,5000 - which will put the stadium second behind Man Utd’s Old Trafford, which holds 74,994. The 34m stand was inspired by Borussia Dortmund's Yellow Wall - ‘White Wall’ - and is expected to produce a cauldron of noise during match days.
Tottenham have revealed that those supporters attending the first test event tomorrow will notice a Sky Bridge spanning across the roof, which is ’an exciting and unique space that offers spectacular views over the pitch and will be activated as part of the next phase of developments within and around the stadium,’ as described on tottenhamhotspur.com.
Earlier in the week, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy opened the unique Beavertown Tottenham Microbrewery, positioned in the South East corner of the stadium, where fans can sip on a selection of homegrown craft beers. The club’s official website states that it’s expected to ‘produce over one million pints per year’.
Speaking of drinks, bars - including the longest bar in the UK, 65m - contain special pint pourers, which fill beers from underneath. Football.London reports that the stadium will pour 10,000 pints a minute.
What about food?
The Market Place is the stadium’s street food market where supporters can tuck into a variety of cuisines, supplemented by live music and tv screens to enhance the experience.
The matchday Spurs Shop at Paxton Place will open its doors on Sunday, while the ‘largest club retail store in Europe’ aka the Tottenham Experience which measures 23,000 sq ft is already open to the public. The highlight is the 100-seat auditorium area, containing a 36-screen video wall that hosts pre-match and post-match experiences.
There’s also a series of throwbacks to former stomping ground White Hart Lane throughout the new cutting edge stadium, and tributes to the club’s former players and managers, plus art galleries, while it will be difficult to miss the famous Golden Cockerel.
Also, don’t bring cash, it’s card only!