Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, designed by Populous’ London office, opened in April. (Courtesy Populous Events) Populous Events prepares new urban stadium for Bears-Raiders Tottenham Hotspur Stadium plays host to its first NFL game Sunday when the Chicago Bears meet the Oakland Raiders. For Populous Events, the league’s logistics partner, the challenge is managing crowd flow at the new facility, which is squeezed into an urban North London setting. It’s a gritty environment similar to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, said Todd Barnes, senior event architect and senior principal for the firm’s Denver-based events group. Retail shops are reinforced with shutters that close after hours to prevent break-ins and low-income housing is close by. Down the street, mass transit lines move masses of people back and forth from downtown London, Barnes said. It’s a familiar setting for Tottenham Hotspur’s 3 million supporters, among England’s largest fan bases for a Premier League team. […]
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