We still don’t know which new players will be joining Tottenham Hotspur Women ahead of their debut season in the top flight Women’s Super League this fall, but we now know that they will have a new home ground. Tottenham Women announced via social media today that they will be playing their home matches at The Hive in London starting with the 2019-20 season, and away from their previous home at Cheshunt.
We are delighted to announce that Tottenham Hotspur Women will play their home matches at The Hive Stadium, the home of Barnet FC and London Bees FC, from the start of the 2019/20 season.— Tottenham Hotspur Women (@SpursWomen) July 5, 2019
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The Hive, in Edgware, is the home stadium of fifth tier club Barnet FC (present home of Spurs academy graduate Shaquile Coulthirst!) and London Bees, Spurs’ league opponent in the FA Women’s Championship last season. The stadium is a distinct step up from Cheshunt in that it can accommodate 6500 fans (5200 seated), a significant increase in seating. It also has modern facilities having been constructed in 2013, and is close to reliable public transport, with tube stations on the Jubilee and Northern lines nearby.
Distance wise, it’s a switch, as Cheshunt was closer to North London and Enfield than Edgware, but it shouldn’t be a super significant adjustment for Spurs fans who wish to attend matches.
Perhaps most exciting, the release from Spurs hinted that the Women may be able to play a home fixture at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, schedule permitting. Nothing was confirmed in that regard, but it would be wonderful to see the Women play in Spurs’ new ground.
Women’s football fans in England are hoping that the excitement and attention generated by this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France and the Lionesses’ progression to the semifinals will boost interest in the English women’s game and attendance at WSL matches. Moving to a larger venue will hopefully provide a platform for the club, which has had unprecedented success in recent years in the lower divisions of English football, a chance to grow even further.