Home to one of London’s most successful football (soccer) clubs, Tottenham Hotspur – usually known as Spurs – White Hart Lane Stadium is in north London. The team play in the Premier League – the highest level in English football – and count striker Harry Kane and winger Andros Townsend, both who also play for England, among their current high-profile players. When a match is at their home ground, Spurs players dress in white adorned with the team logo of a navy blue cockerel perched on a football. Team colors for away matches are sky blue and patterned with black stripes.
Football is something of a national obsession in the UK; matches last 90 minutes in two halves, plus injury time. The season runs annually from mid-August until mid-May and match days at White Hart Lane have all the wholesome excitement of family days out, and there are plenty of food and drink outlets at the ground.
In fall 2015, Spurs revealed plans to build a state-of-the-art stadium at White Hart Lane; it will cost £400 million, will have a retractable roof and will be multi-purpose. Rumor has it that the football team has signed a deal with the US’s National Football League (NFL) to play a least two games there per year. Capacity at the new stadium is to be 61,000, there will be a skywalk above it and a sculptural glass façade. Work is expected to begin after the 2015–16 football season is over.
748 High Road, Tottenham, London N17 0AP. Tickets for all matches can be ordered online or by telephone (0344 844 0102 or +44 207 998 1068 from outside the UK), and prices vary from £17 to £81, depending on match and stand. Stadium tours are available; book online. The easiest way to get to White Hart Lane is by mainline train from Seven Sisters, which connects into central London via the Tube’s Victoria Line.