TheStadiumBusiness has been discussing the ongoing development of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium with Tom Jones, senior principal at the London office of Populous, the architecture firm tasked with designing the facility.
The stadium is currently being built next to Tottenham’s old White Hart Lane ground and is due to open in time for the 2018-19 Premier League season.
In his interview, Jones discusses Populous’ vision for redefining the stadium experience at the new ground, which will seat 62,000 people. Among the topics discussed include the balance of new trends and tradition, hospitality, construction logistics, and creating a venue that is simultaneously suitable for Premier League football, NFL and music concerts.
The new stadium will feature a 17,500-seat, single-tier stand which will serve as the main hub of the Tottenham home support, and Jones hopes this section of the ground will leave a lasting impression.
“White Hart Lane had an amazing match-day atmosphere,” Jones said. “Colleagues have often noted just how good the atmosphere was at the old stadium, so that in a way was our challenge. With the new standards and setting out a new seating bowl, how could we deliver that sort of atmosphere on a match day?
“Certainly (German Bundesliga club) Dortmund, and prior to Dortmund, there are a number of examples throughout English football of single-tier stands that had possibly dropped out of favour in more recent projects but I think our sense is that this was one way in which we could try and deliver that sort of amazing match-day atmosphere. Having been across to see Dortmund you can just see how intimidating that Yellow Wall is and in many respects that’s what we’re trying to deliver for Tottenham.”
You can watch TheStadiumBusiness’ chat with Jones in full here: