North London Derby To Be Seen By 2,000 Fans
Tottenham Hotspur has announced its plans to allow 2,000 fans to see their upcoming clash with Arsenal as the government eases restrictions, opening up stadiums in certain areas. Fans are eager to return to the grandstands after months of only being able to see matches on the screen.
The North London Derby
The North London Derby is one of the biggest football rivalries in the world. Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal both consider the other team their biggest rivals and never miss an occasion to show their worth on the turf.
The two teams first met in the field in 1887 in a match played at the Spurs’ ground at Tottenham Marshes. The match didn’t run its course – it was ended 15 minutes before its runtime due to the sun going down, and being too dark to play (the Spurs led by a goal). Both teams moved in the years that followed: the Spurs moved into White Hart Lane, while the Gunners, to the Arsenal Stadium in Highbury, just four miles from the Spurs’ stadium. And this is when the rivalry started.
Who will win this time?
Betway Insider has called the North London Derby one of the biggest football rivalries in the world – and as such, it attracts a lot of attention. And everyone is trying to guess which side will prevail this time.
According to Betway, Arsenal has a better chance to win the upcoming match in the North London Derby – although Betway’s tipsters give a draw the same odds. While they are not expected to win, the home team is expected to score the first goal of the match. The tipsters also expect both teams to score at least once during the match, and Spurs striker and England national team captain Harry Kane to score at least one goal in the match.
The Spurs moved into the £1 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last April. The stadium can host 62,000 people – last December, it hosted more than 61,000 fans during a game against Chelsea. This year, in turn, with London in the UK’s “tier 2” zone, only 2,000 fans will have access to the grandstands.
The Spurs have recently confirmed that season ticket holders and executive members will be the first to be getting tickets for the upcoming match. The tickets will be sold for £65 – the average price of a seat in normal years. Attendees will have to complete a Health Questionnaire and will have to agree to a Supporter Code of Conduct before being allowed at the grandstands.
Entry to the stadium will be timed to avoid crowding, the stadium will have clear signage to indicate walking routes and to enable social distancing. The grandstands will be disinfected before, during, and after the game, hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed across the area.