We're all going to miss White Hart Lane when its doors are shut for the last time, but Spurs' new stadium looks like it could really be something special.
Tottenham have announced that their design plans for the front of the stadium have slightly changed. The main entrance of the stadium will still feature a couple large escalators, but those escalators will now be enclosed in a more modern-looking swirly design. I really don't know how to describe it, but the new design looks a lot better than the escalator box that was featured in the original plans.
Check out the fancy new renderings below.
The latest design creates a more visually stunning focal point to the main entrance of the stadium. pic.twitter.com/CORnXwawra— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 10, 2016
The new main entrance point is certainly visually stunning. The structure that encloses the elevator, and thus protrudes a bit from the stadium, looks almost like a ski-jump. I'm sure an actual architect would do a better job describing it.
The slightly-altered front lobby of the stadium, which is being designed by Populous, is what really catches my attention. It looks more like the front lobby of a five-star hotel than a soccer stadium.
The heavily-windowed stadium walls mean that natural light will be in abundance in the concourses. This is a refreshing contrast to the current set-up at White Hart Lane, where walking around in the concourses sometimes makes you feel like you're underground and the sun is further away than ever. Or maybe that's just how it feels when you're walking out of the ground after a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa or a 2-1 loss to Newcastle.
Next year, Spurs are set to play their league matches at White Hart Lane and Champions League matches at Wembley. After that WHL will be taken down to make way for the new stadium's construction. The 2017-2018 campaign will likely see Spurs play all their matches at Wembley. There haven't been any notable delays since construction began, and the club maintains that the new stadium will be open for business for the 2018-2019 season.
The last season at The Lane is going to be an emotional one, and not everyone is happy about the club's desire to build a new stadium to replace a classic like White Hart Lane. But it could be a lot worse.
Our finances are in order, the design looks cool, and best of all it doesn't feature a running-track around the pitch like the Olympic Stadium does. But then again, I guess it's a good idea to keep West Ham fans as far away from the players as possible.