Charlie Nicholas Questions Whether Tottenham Can Fill New £1bn Stadium

​Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has blasted Tottenham's new stadium, raising concerns over the total cost of the ground and whether Spurs can attract big enough crowds.

Spurs began a new chapter in their history when they played their first match in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 courtesy of goals from Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen.

​​The opening came after months of delays prevented ​Tottenham from starting the season in their new north London home, however, while speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Nicholas has questioned whether the club have made a mistake in investing over £1bn in the new grounds.

"It’s still too much money. It’s a fortune. I congratulate them on what they’ve built, it looks fantastic," he said (via ​HITC).

“I think they had to borrow £100 million to cover the loans. The overheads are £500+ million and staying in the Champions League is important.”

Phil Thompson,Charlie Nicholas

With a capacity of 62,062, the new ground can seat more than the Emirates, the home of their bitter rivals ​Arsenal, although the official attendance for their opening match was listed as 59,215. Unsurprisingly, being a former Gunner, Nicholas didn't shy away from the opportunity of having a sly dig at his former enemies.


"They’ve still got to fill it though," he added.

​​Next up for Spurs, in what will be their second ever competitive fixture at the ground, is the first leg of a daunting Champions League quarter final tie against ​Manchester City on Tuesday. They will return to their new ground once again as they take on already relegated Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.


Source : 90min

Source: 90min