Sunday 2 June 2019

Sunday Snap – The Football Ground

We were in London looking at the green shelter for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which profession uses them and the answer is

Black Hackney cab drivers

Driving in with the right answer were Minoru and Sarah.

This week we are off to North London for a bit of a kick about. Football fans will have been glued to the television last night as the final of the UEFA Champions League was played. For one of the teams in the final many of the fans would have made their way to this stadium last night.

The original football ground on this site was built in 1899. This was after the team was formed in 1882. They started off playing on public land which meant they couldn't charge spectators a fee for watching the matches. As their popularity grew and the numbers watching reached several thousands a proper ground needed to be built. A solution was found nearby however this proved only temporary as overcrowded proved to be a problem. Another site was found a short distance away. Behind the White Hart pub the brewery company Charringtons used to have a nursery for growing crops. The first match played there was against Notts County on 4 September 1899 and yielded £115 in gate receipts.

Over the years the capacity of the ground was increased to accommodate the increasing number of fans. Its highest recorded attendance was 75,038 for a FA Cup match against Sunderland on 5 March 1938. Due to health and safety regulations the capacity was reduced with the requirement for the ground to be an all-seater stadium after the Hillsborough tragedy. With other work done on the ground the stadium was left with a capacity of just over 36,000.

In order to keep up with their Premier League rivals a new stadium was required. Moves to the new Wembley and former Olympic Stadium were ruled out. As extending the ground in its present state was not possible it was decided to demolish the existing stadium in order to build a completely new one. A day after the final match on 14th May 2017 against Manchester United work started on demolishing the ground.

During the building of the new stadium the team played their home matches at Wembley. The opening of the new stadium was delayed but it was officially opened on 3rd April 2019 with a league match against Crystal Palace. The capacity of the new stadium is now 62,062. It has been designed with a retractable pitch so that it can be moved back in order for it to be used also for NFL London Games. This week's question is

Which football team plays at this stadium?

We were joined last week by Susan and a visit from the tooth fairy. Sarah had the guinea pig getting some fresh air. A tiger was on the prowl for Mary at the zoo. Kara has been going into Battle and having a family photo opportunity. A weekend in Wales was the perfect retreat for Anne. Purple petunias caught the eye of Jenna. Minoru has been paying a visit to Sydney. In New Zealand Betty has been out and about. Half term week meant Sarah had a dip in the sea. Adventures in Weseland took a trip to San Francisco for Memorial Day. Finally, Jesh has finding rain in spring.

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  1. It's Tottenham Hotspur! The new ground looks fabulous and it was really interesting to read about the history.

  2. Hi! It's Tottenham, Defeated by Liverpool.

  3. I had no clue - lovely stadium though!

  4. I’m not sure what ground it is. Looks lovely though x


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