Football Stadia in the UK Part 1: White Hart Lane and The Etihad Stadium

  • Name: White Hart Lane
  • Capacity 62,850
  • Home Team: Tottenham Hotspur
  • Where: London
  • Built: 2020
  • Cost £900 million

Famous Spurs Players over the years: Jimmy Greaves, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne, Harry Kane

First up, Tottenham Hotspur superb stadium, which was completed in 2020, to say this is a great venue is an understatement, many who have had the pleasure in visiting the stadium class it as the best venue in the world with unbelievable facilities, ranging from fantastic dining and drinking areas, to a micro brewery and bakery on site. It boasts the biggest single stand with a capacity of 17,500 all seater area, commonly known as the white wall by Spurs supporters.

One of the most impressive features of the stadium is the retractable grass pitch, which can be removed by a flick of a switch uncovering the artificial playing surface below, which is used for American NFL football matches.

The grass pitch unclips from the sides by releasing side rods, which enables the large grass panels to roll out on roller bearings, through a gap in the stand to be stored outside, once the match on the artificial pitch has been played, the grass pitch is rolled back into place and re- connected.

Because of this revolutionary system, it enables the stadium to be used for many events including boxing, rugby, concerts as well as Premier League games.

When you match the stadium with the clubs training grounds, you can see why the club, are boasting the best arena and facilities for players, staff and fans alike, making it an attractive prospect for any future players thinking of joining the club.

Fascinating fact – The original White Hart Lane site was a disused nursery.

The Etihad Stadium

The Etihad Stadium: Manchester City

  • Name: Etihad Stadium
  • Capacity 53,400
  • Home Team: Manchester City
  • Where: Manchester
  • Built: 2002
  • Cost £112 million

Famous City Players over the years: Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Sergio Aguero, Joe Corrigan, Rodney Marsh

Manchester City have the pleasure in playing at the Etihad, which was originally the Commonwealth Games stadium before their new owners took over the club.

Since taking over the site, the club have literally transformed the area into a magnificent project by installing pitches for every age group, training facilities for all, including boys, girls, men and the women sides who play for Manchester City, okay there are cynics who say that the club have bought success on the pitch, but to compete in the Premier league and European competitions you have to spend money to keep up with the other clubs who are all striving for the same thing.

It is easy to spend money on players, but its how you manage and coach them that counts, players can be bought, but unless they work hard for the team and have the right attitude, it’s a waste of time, everybody seems to think that picking a side for a match is easy, trust me it is not.

City have to be commended in the way they have conducted themselves, by playing in a style that is fantastic to watch, irrespective of which team you support.

The club has been steeped in playing football the right way, Pep Guardiola is the latest line of managers who have tried to play the game the right way, people like, Malcolm Allison, Joe Mercer, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pelligrini have all attempted to play the game in the right spirit.

Fascinating fact: The red and black striped away kit was originally bought in by ex-manager Malcolm Allison, who thought that the AC Milan kit would make the club more successful, which proved to be right, they have won 3 different competitions wearing it.

Football Stadia in the UK Series