New Stadium Helps Daniel Levy Set Tottenham Hotspur ApartJuly 30, 2020
A lot goes into making a football club successful. Talent, coaching, training practices, and many more items are all crucial parts of this success. However, when considering this issue, many fans overlook the importance of facilities as they relate to eventual success. To explore this issue further, we looked to the example set by Daniel Levy, Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur. Through his work building the new Spurs stadium, he’s shown the value that such a facility can contribute to the overall organization. Read on for a look at some of the topics related to the stadium build and how the Chairman helped usher the project through to completion.
In order to oversee a large stadium plan such as what’s been accomplished for Tottenham Hotspur, it’s important to first have some background in business and how to handle large projects. Looking to the background of Daniel Levy, we can see how this manifests in his life and how that background has helped him in his role as Spurs Chairman. That background began, formally, in university when he attended Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge to study Economics and Land Economy. With that education under his belt, he then spent time working for his family’s business — the retail chain Mr. Byrite. He was also involved in property development during this time.
Joe Lewis and Levy eventually went into business together with the investment firm known as ENIC Group. Acting as managing director, the future Spurs Chairman helped steer the company’s investments in a variety of areas including sports, entertainment, and other facets of pop culture. During those years, the businessman put in an offer to purchase Tottenham Hotspur from its previous owners and became its Chairman in 2001.
Due to its storied history, it’s difficult to divorce an analysis of the football club’s new stadium from its past. Let’s take a quick look at that past to better appreciate the club’s evolution in the present and into the future. Founded in 1882, the club has had a myriad of notable years throughout its existence. It won its first FA Cup in 1901 and was the only non-league club to accomplish the feat since the Football League was founded in 1888. It was also the first club in the 20th century to win both the League Cup and FA Cup in the same season, doing so in 1960 – 1961.
Following the installation of the Chairman in 2001, the club has seen an uptick in performance, with it now considered to be one of the Premier League’s perennial top clubs. This run of higher performance included another League Cup in 2008 and an appearance in the UEFA Champions League Final in 2019, a first for Tottenham Hotspur. This success has come about as a continued top-down push from the Chairman and the rest of the club as the entire organization has revamped its approach to not only achieve more wins but to also bring a better overall experience for fans, players, and staff alike.
For the majority of its existence, the football club played in White Hart Lane, know affectionately by most as simply “The Lane.” The stadium was opened in 1899 and continued to serve as the home of the club until 2017. The capacity of the stadium varied over the years as different venue setups were put into use. At one point, the stadium could accommodate almost 80,000 attendees, though its capacity at the end of its usage was just over 36,000.
Though The Lane had become a fixture of Spurs games, its age was catching up with it by the end of its usage. The team’s elevated success helped create demand for tickets that far outpaced its capacity. This helped contribute to formal plans to create what would eventually be known as Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the successor to White Hart Lane. With a capacity of over 62,000 and a host of updated facilities such as modern seating options and the installation of fields for multiple different sports, the new stadium is able to provide a much more multifaceted experience than its predecessor.
The creation of the new venue, as noted above, is heavily tied into the club’s heightened push towards success under the Chairman’s leadership. The Chairman touched on this when discussing the stadium and the club’s refurbished image with The Independent. “When I took over the club, Tottenham was not a club that was a regular European challenger,” said Daniel Levy. “Clearly, we are now and my dream is obviously to win. We want to win, and winning is both on the pitch and off the pitch.”
That ethos of excelling in every area has not only contributed to the club’s stature, it has helped the stadium itself shine as one of the world’s premier sporting venues. It’s already played host to multiple NFL events as that league continues its push for international exposure. This has motivated the Chairman to incorporate numerous novel concepts into the stadium’s design such as grow lights to create a healthier field and multiple types of turf to be used for different sports or even other types of events such as concerts. Taken together, these modern designs help to set the stadium apart with an attention to detail that’s hard to find echoed in other venues around the league or, in fact, the world.
Though there is plenty to be considered when seeking to create success in a football club, a look at a team’s facilities can certainly play an important role in those calculations. This line of thinking has been integral to the work Daniel Levy has accomplished since taking over as Spurs Chairman in 2001. His efforts to build Tottenham Hotspur Stadium through his leadership tenure has mirrored his devotion to building the team to new heights and providing a premier experience for fans now and into the future.