Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp has recalled his first experience at the stadium, a year on from playing in the first game at the club’s new home.
After a highly-anticipated wait, Spurs moved into the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last year and the U18s side were the first to take in the new surroundings.
Skipp has now gone on to make eight appearances for the first team this season as the 19-year-old hopes to make a big impression at senior level, but he won’t forget the experiences of the first year in the new stadium both with the youth and senior teams.
“It’s gone quickly – it doesn’t feel like a year,” he told the club’s official site. “It was a surreal experience, especially because when we walked out after getting off the coach (north-east corner) we were directly opposite the big South Stand so when we first came in, that was the first thing we noticed, just the size of it and how steep it was. You could imagine what that would be like on a Champions League night – that was the first thing that came into my head.
“A year down the line, it definitely feels like home and it still has the same feel, the atmosphere that’s created. When we finally moved into that stadium it was everything you’d imagined and more.”
Tottenham will undoubtedly hope to create many more special memories in their current home in the coming years, while it has opened up opportunities away from football too.
From hosting NFL games last season to having been confirmed as the stage for Anthony Joshua’s fight with Kubrat Pulev this summer, it has drawn plenty of praise from all quarters.
Time will tell how much live action it will see in the coming months though, as with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, sporting events are all on hold and it remains to be seen how that impacts the schedule and logistical aspect of hosting events moving forward.