After a long wait, Tottenham finally played their first game in the new Tottenham Stadium on Wednesday night. They couldn’t have dreamed of opening it in better fashion.
Tottenham defeated London rivals Crystal Palace by a 2-0 final, vaulting them ahead two places in the standings and putting them momentarily in 3rd place in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace, currently in 13th in the league, frustrated Spurs for much of the first half on Wednesday. Despite the festive atmosphere and the support of an energized fan base, Tottenham was unable to break through in the first 45 minutes.
However, in the second half, Spurs didn’t have to wait long for a goal. Heung-Min Song was assisted by Christian Eriksen in the 55th minute to score the game’s first goal.
Spurs continued their dominance, and doubled their lead with an Eriksen strike in the 80th minute, putting the nail in the coffin of a 2-0 victory in their inaugural game at Tottenham Stadium.
Fans rejoiced to finally be playing in a home of their own after spending the majority of the past two seasons playing at Wembley Stadium.
The new ground, which seats 62,062 fans, is a state-of-the-art stadium that cost over $500 million to build. The stadium was at a full capacity with roaring Spurs fans on Wednesday night, promising a bright future for the club and the stadium.
Spurs return to action on April 9 in the Champions League against Man City.