Club: Tottenham Hotspur FC | Opening: 1899 | Capacity: 36,240 seats
History and description
Tottenham moved to White Hart Lane in 1899, bringing a few mobile stands from their previous ground to the new site that had been rented from a brewery.
White Hart Lane officially opened on the 4th of September 1899 with a match between Spurs and Notts County (4-1).
The initial small ground was quickly expanded in the following six years, first with a covered main stand and then with wooden and banked terraces, resulting in a capacity of about 40,000 by 1905.
Redevelopments continued in the next decade when first Archibald Leitch was hired to design a new main stand, and a few years later a new covered East Stand was built. This resulted in the stadium getting a rectangular shape and capacity increasing to about 50,000 places.
White Hart Lane got further expanded in the early 1920s when two new covered terraces were built at both ends. In 1934, the East Stand got further developed and enlarged, resulting in a capacity of 80,000.
White Hart Lane set its record attendance in 1938 when a total of 75,038 spectators visited a match between Tottenham and Sunderland.
The stadium remained largely unchanged for the next decades. Capacity started to slowly decline from the 1960s when parts of the terraces were converted into seating areas, though extra seats were created by linking up the West Stand with both ends.
The old West Stand was finally demolished in 1980 and replaced by a new all-seater stand, which opened in 1982. The East Stand got extensively renovated in 1989, which was followed by further refurbishments and the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater in the early 1990s.
The last change to the stadium was made in 1998 when a second tier was built on the Paxton Road Members Stand.
Capacity of White Hart Lane has remained relatively limited though, and as a result Spurs have considered various options from expanding White Hart Lane to building a new stadium, or even moving to the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
The club is currently pursuing plans that were first presented in 2008 and involve the construction of a new stadium with a capacity of 56,250 seats adjacent to the present one. Spurs are currently trying to secure funding for the project.
(photos of the present White Hart Lane below)
White Hart Lane is located in the north of London, approximately 7 miles from central London.
The stadium sits on Tottenham High Road, which is easily reached from the A406. The A406 connects with the M11 in the east and the A10 slightly west (which in turn connects with the M25 in the north). Exit the A406 toward Tottenham/Edmonton/A1010 and take the A1010 south. After a mile the stadium will show up on your left.
If coming from central London, follow the A10 north. Turn onto Tottenham High Road at Bruce Grove.
White Hart Lane rail station is a short walk away from the stadium and can be reached from Liverpool Street Station. The journey takes about 20 minutes. One can also catch a train from Seven Sisters tube station (on the Victoria Line).
Address: 748 High Road, Tottenham, London, N17 0AP
Eat, drink, and sleep
White Hart Lane is located in the Tottenham area, which does not rate amongst the best of London. There is the odd pub around and a few places to get something to eat, but it might be a better idea to find something in central London before and after the match.
There are no hotels in the area around the stadium. Booking a hotel near Liverpool Street Station would make for a short train journey, but this is not the cheapest area. There are more affordable options near, for example, Kings Cross St Pancras Station, which is not far away by tube, though Liverpool Street Station is not that hard to reach from most parts of London.
Tickets for Tottenham Hotspur matches can be bought online, by phone 0844 844 0102 (from the UK) or +44 207 998 1068 (from abroad), or in person at the Ticket Office at White Hart Lane.
The Ticket Office is also opened on the day of the match until half-time. Tottenham sells out practically every league match though, and one is advised to book tickets well in advance.
Spurs have divided their home matches into three pricing categories. Tickets for category C matches, the cheapest, range in price from £32.00 for a lower-tier seat at one of the ends to £47.00 for a seat at the Upper West Stand. Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive, cost between £48.00 and £81.00.
There are various seats at the East Stand that have a restricted view and for which reduced prices apply.
Tottenham Hotspur offers various types of stadium tours, of which the classic tour is most common. The tour includes the players’ tunnel, dressing rooms, dugouts and directors’ box, and lasts 90 to 120 minutes.
Tours typically run Mondays to Fridays at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, on Saturdays every hour between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and on Sundays every hour between 11:00 and 2:00 pm. Schedule changes are common and it is advised to check availability in advance. There are no tours on matchdays.
Bookings can be made online or by calling the Ticket Office +44 (0) 844 844 0102. The club allows a limited number of walk-ups, but subject to availability, and it is therefore recommended to book in advance.
The tour costs £17.50.
Relevant Internet links
Tottenhamhotspur.com – Official website of Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Visitlondon.com – Official London city guide.
Tfl.gov.uk – Website of the London Underground and other London public transport.
Journeyplanner.org – London public transport journey planner.
Nationalrail.co.uk – Check train times and fares.