The Tottenham Hotspur stadium is an iconic establishment located in the heart of the London Borough of Haringey.
On the 3rd of April 2019, Harry Kane lead his team and many Spurs fans back to where everything began. A long-awaited return to a new and improved £1billion stadium.
However, in order to make this happen a lot of changes were made, not all of them were for the best.
Tottenham is the hipster heaven for many individuals including myself; with more than two hundred languages spoken Tottenham is a melting cultural pot that embraces people from all races and ethnicities, different walks of life and stories. Nonetheless, Tottenham is still one of London’s most deprived districts, and the local council argues that it is in dire of need of renewal.
More than 10,000 people are on the waiting list for public housing, measures of crime are extremely high compared to London’s average. These are all factors that enhance and highlight that the borough needs help.
The new stadium was the change that Tottenham wanted to embrace. This was a sign of excitement, hope and ambition.
The new stadium was going to be the new attraction of the district, allowing more fans to come and enjoy their football games as well as a boost for business. A promise of economic prosperity in a deprived neighbourhood yet it all came crashing down when questions were raised about small shops and local pubs left behind on the high street.
More than 70 businesses were moved to redevelopment, whilst hundreds of homes were demolished. Sam Patel 32, store owner of a convenience store: Mia’s food and Wine stated that once people moved out their houses, their business depended on the football season as they lost the majority of their regular customers. Perhaps, this was not the outcome they were hoping for.
Despite everything, the Tottenham Hotspur stadium was the first Premier League stadium which was re-allocated due to the pandemic in 2020. After COVID-19 paused the lives of many, the stadium became a resource hub for many. The car park/ basement turned into a drive-through facility allowing swabbing tests for NHS staff and their family members. Secondly, the basement of the stadium was halted into food storage provided by London Food Alliance. Many charities contributed all over London ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone.
All stories have a happy ending, it just depends on where you stop reading. The story of this deprived borough is still being written therefore it’s up you to conclude; is it the story of regeneration or gentrification? Which ending would you decide?