White Hart Lane

White Hart Lane was a football stadium in Tottenham, North London and the home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club from 1899 to 2017. Its capacity varied over the years; when changed to all-seater it had a capacity of 36,284 before demolition.[2] The stadium was fully demolished after the end of the 2016–17 season and was replaced by Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the club's home ground.[3]

White Hart Lane
"The Lane"
White Hart Lane in 2011
Full nameWhite Hart Lane
LocationTottenham
London, N17
England
Coordinates51°36′12″N 0°03′57″W
Public transit White Hart Lane
OwnerTottenham Hotspur F.C.
OperatorTottenham Hotspur (Handed over to Mace on 15 May 2017 for demolition)[1]
Capacity36,284
Field size100 × 67 m
(110 × 73 yd)
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Construction
Built1898
Opened4 September 1899; 122 years ago (1899-09-04)
Closed14 May 2017
Demolished2017
Construction cost£100,050 (1934)
ArchitectArchibald Leitch (1909)
Tenants
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (1899–2017)
London Monarchs (1995–1996)

The stadium, which was known amongst Spurs fans as The Lane, had hosted 2,533 competitive Spurs games in its 118-year history.[4] It had also been used for England national football matches and England under-21 football matches. White Hart Lane once had capacity of nearly 80,000 with attendances in the early 1950s that reached the 70,000s,[5] but as seating was introduced, the stadium's capacity decreased to a modest number in comparison to other Premier League clubs. The record attendance at the ground was 75,038, for an FA Cup tie on 5 March 1938 against Sunderland.[6] Tottenham's final game at White Hart Lane was played on 14 May 2017 with a 2–1 victory against Manchester United.[7]

In 2019, Tottenham moved to a new stadium with a capacity of 62,062 designed by Populous.[8][9] The new stadium was built in almost the exact same location, instead of moving elsewhere within or away from the borough of Haringey.[citation needed]