New Tottenham stadium: Spurs insider says chairman Daniel Levy is ‘redefining the way you watch football’

Spurs’ first test event at their new home was a memorable day for everyone associated with Tottenham, including stadium announcer and talkSPORT 2 presenter, Paul Coyte…

I’ve got the best job in the world. And it just got a WHOLE lot better!

Not presenting Sportsday on talkSPORT 2 (Monday to Friday, 6am-10am, if you’re wondering) but as the on-pitch announcer at Tottenham.

The new White Hart Lane – aka the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – is truly amazing.

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Spurs opened the doors to their new stadium on Sunday
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Tottenham’s Under-18s were the first team to play at the new stadium

I was there in the mix with the players, staff and fans for the first match on Sunday, and it was easily one of the best days of my life.

I made the last announcement at the old White Hart Lane, just before they tore the old place down – as the last rendition of Glory, Glory Tottenham Hotspur was playing, I had tears in my eyes.

But the sadness of seeing the stands and pitch which has graced the likes of Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower, Glenn Hoddle and Paul Gascoigne torn up, has gone.

The new ground is befitting of a club which considers itself one of the elite in the world.

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Around 30,000 were in attendance for the first test event
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The last thing I did before leaving old White Hart Lane was take a selfie with Mauricio Pochettino in the centre of the pitch.

We took selfie no.2 after I interviewed him at half-time of Spurs Under-18s’ clash against Southampton.

The gaffer absolutely loves the new ground. He is seriously excited – he loves it! His face had a look of sheer pride.

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Paul Coyte pictured with a familiar face at Tottenham’s new stadium

Daniel Levy is redefining the way you watch football. Instead of arriving at five to three and leaving at ten to five, Spurs want people to be around early and stay late.

There was a DJ playing and the place was rammed and unbelievably packed. Spurs legend Micky Hazard even started singing at one point!

I’ve never seen anything like it and this was just a test event for 30,000 people. The next one will be 48,000 people and the Crystal Palace match will just be amazing.

The noise on the inside of the bowl was something else – it was only half-full and it was deafening.

There was something very special about the old White Hart lane and the all-white kits under the lights – so I’m very happy the first match is being played on a Wednesday evening

My favourite part of the new stadium? The toilets are palatial compared with the troughs you used to get, and the bottoms-up beer too.

I could just stand there watching the beer fill from the bottom of the cups, it’s mind-boggling!

I also walked down the players’ tunnel and had a look around the pitch and it took my breath away.

We have at least six home games left before the end of the season and the biggest one by far is when we take on Manchester City in the Champions League.

When the draw was made, I just thought ‘Oh God, not City!’.

But having walked out on the pitch you just know there’s going to be some atmosphere so we stand a damn better chance of beating them than we would at Wembley.

It’s easy to get on a high and get carried away but there’s something special in this place but I think there’s a belief among the fans that were there yesterday.

And what do I make of Spurs’ chances in the long-term? Well I still believe we can win the Premier League. I absolutely do.

It’s no coincidence that the last season we played at home, we never lost.

Spurs are overachieving given they’ve basically played away games for the last one-and-three-quarter seasons and to still be where we are is remarkable.

Playing at home will make a huge difference and I’m ever the optimist so why not? We can’t wait to get back in.

Up the Spurs!

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