There could be another record broken at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. One year after smashing British attendance records at Wembley Stadium for Champions League matches, Spurs could break the all-time Premier League attendance record this Saturday against Bournemouth.
The previous record is 76,098, set by Manchester United at Old Trafford in 2007, but with Spurs playing at Wembley Stadium, which seats a maximum of 90,000, ticket sales are robust enough that they expect to set a new record against the Cherries.
Tottenham have proven that they can fill Wembley Stadium if motivated — last year 85.5k people filed into Wembley to watch them lose to Bayer Leverkusen in the 2016-17 Champions League. Ironically though, the biggest rivalry games usually have a reduced capacity at Wembley due to concerns about fan safety. Spurs restricted the upper bowl for their match against Chelsea in August to prevent Chelsea fans from infiltrating the home supporters’ end (still attracting 70k fans), and Spurs are doing something similar when West Ham visit Wembley for the Carabao Cup on October 25.
There aren’t any concerns about this Saturday’s match, which sets the stage for Spurs to set a new record. The number of Spurs fans that attend league matches at Wembley this season suggests that they’ll have little difficulty selling out their new 61.5k home ground on the regular when it opens next fall.