However there is a aspect to the north London venue that’s but to be flaunted to the world, with this weekend marking the massive reveal because the Chicago Bears face the Oakland Raiders.
On high of its duties as a Premier League dwelling floor, the stadium can also be the primary and solely custom-built NFL venue outdoors the US — the key weapon for a sport always looking for to broaden its abroad presence.
How the 62,000-seat stadium switches from spherical ball to oval ball is a finely-tuned science.
One-and-a-half meters under the soccer pitch sits the synthetic turf used within the NFL. The true turf, divided into three sections, sits on rollers that slide one pitch on high of the opposite. The method takes simply 25 minutes and is powered by 68 electrical motors, 168 wheels and 99 turf trays.
The imaginative and prescient of Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy was a daring one, harnessing stadium expertise not seen elsewhere on the planet.
“Fairly truthfully, I did not get [it] to start out off with — to have a stadium that appears fully like a Spurs stadium after which subsequent day appears fully like an NFL stadium,” NFL UK’s managing director Alistair Kirkwood instructed CNN Sport earlier this yr, “however kudos to Daniel Levy as a result of he is pulled it off.
“It is received unbelievable environment, the acoustics are second-to-none, and from a parochial perspective, it is one thing that’s fully bespoke to ourselves.”
The NFL’s earlier visits to the UK have been a makeshift job, with London’s Wembley Stadium — a soccer venue by design — internet hosting 20 video games, and Twickenham — the house of English rugby — staging three.
However the Tottenham Stadium is constructed for function.
NFL crests adorn the synthetic turf when it is launched from hibernation and the spacious locker rooms have the identical feel and appear as these again within the States. There may be additionally a media heart and a internet hosting space particularly for NFL video games.
Luxurious, after all, comes at a price — at $1.three billion, the stadium is the costliest in Europe.
“It is price each penny,” Cameron Brate, whose Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Carolina Panthers right here on October 13, tells CNN Sport.
“I’ve performed in a few new stadiums within the NFL and this one’s proper up there with them by way of how state-of-the-art it’s. I’ve walked around the course and stuff like that and I feel will probably be an superior place to observe a sport.
“It is the very same [as being in America]. It is an important floor to play soccer on.”
Because the NFL began internet hosting worldwide video games in 2007, a lot speak has been had over whether or not the league would welcome a London franchise, both with an growth staff or by means of a longtime staff relocating throughout the Atlantic.
The Jaguars — whose proprietor Shahid Khan has invested curiosity in London as proprietor of Fulham soccer membership — have dedicated to taking part in one abroad sport a yr because the designated “dwelling” staff and are sometimes touted because the more than likely candidate to up-sticks.
However it’s not essentially to the gamers’ liking.
“I feel it might be troublesome,” broad receiver DJ Chark tells CNN Sport, “simply due to touring and scheduling video games for the away staff and the house staff.
“If the house staff had half a season right here and half a season in America it would work, however then it’s a must to take into consideration the groups that must journey over. The scheduling and the touring … that is the largest factor.”
So far as a fan base is worried, nonetheless, there isn’t any doubt that there is an urge for food for the game within the UK; over 80,000 have packed into Wembley for NFL video games lately.
“Spurs have been right here since 1882 and have been within the enterprise of mentioning younger expertise for years,” David Lammy, member of parliament for Tottenham, tells CNN Sport.”
“This stadium, Tottenham Hotspur as a membership and the NFL is a large catalyst for regeneration on this a part of north London … I am going to do something to see them satisfied that they need to open a franchise right here within the UK and that that is the place to do it.”
However within the meantime, there is a sport to be performed; 62,000 individuals in north London will likely be hoping that the Bears and the Raiders can placed on a present as this billion-dollar funding begins to bear fruit.