Venue Director | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The momentum continues for Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the £1 billion project that opened in 2019 for the British Premier League team of the same name, replacing the beloved White Hart Lane that the team had called home since 1899.
“I have taken immense personal pride in seeing the stadium fully deliver the vision that the club set out ahead of opening,” says Andy O’Sullivan, venue director at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “With the pandemic now behind us, we have had two full years of operating the stadium to its full potential and staging a full calendar of year-round events. I am extremely proud of all our venue and operational teams in delivering this to the highest possible standard.”
Wit the UK slower to reopen than the U.S., O’Sullivan notes the strength of concerts at the stadium, which led to blockbuster performances this year.
“Not only did the five nights of Beyoncé concerts contribute to what was the highest-grossing engagement ever by a woman, a Black artist or any American artist, it made a huge difference within our local community, with an increase in 60% to footfall amongst local businesses on our High Road,” he added, noting other high-profile acts including Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“We look forward to seeing the team continue to entertain our fans for the remainder of the calendar year, as well as welcome the NFL for back-to-back games in October and the highly-anticipated opening of our F1 DRIVE – London attraction,” he said.
With other major stadiums in the population-dense metropolitan area, O’Sullivan points to the venue’s features and customer service as reasons for standing out in a city already known for rich soccer history.
“Our world-first dividing, retractable pitch enables us to stage a variety of major events all year round without the quality of our football playing surface — the crown jewel in our operation — being adversely affected,” he said. “The stadium is built for atmosphere, no matter what the event, with our iconic single-tier South Stand of 17,500 seats providing a wall of noise. For those wanting to make a day of it, our 60 food and beverage outlets across the venue offer high-quality, locally-sourced produce and speed of service, thanks to our bottoms-up pint pouring system and fully cashless operation. Put simply, we believe the event-day experience at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is unrivaled within the world of sport and entertainment.”