Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title defense against Oleksandr Usyk will be one of boxing’s biggest events in 2021.
This meant that finding a state-of-the-art venue to host the fight was always going to be of paramount importance.
Thankfully, the newly built Tottenham Hotspur Stadium ticks all the boxes for a competition of this size and stature.
Located in Tottenham, north London, the 62,303-seat Spurs Stadium opened on April 3, 2019 with an overall construction cost of around £ 1 billion.
During construction, the aim was to design a multi-purpose stadium that would not only have increased capacity and be enjoyable for spectators, but also prove to be super modern in terms of facilities and match day experience.
Research has been carried out around the more atmospheric football stadiums such as Anfield in Liverpool where The Kop is renowned for its noise, as well as taking inspiration from the yellow wall of Borussia Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion.
They even brought in sound engineers from U2 to ensure that the stadium’s acoustic installation was designed with the primary intention of generating an atmosphere ready for some of the biggest sporting events.
As a result, the single-level south stand sits less than five meters from the pitch, closer than any Premier League stand, while no front row seat is more than eight meters from the pitch. ‘action.
The grandstands as a whole are tilted at a relatively steep 35-degree slope, ensuring all fans are as close to the action as possible and the atmosphere is reminiscent of the world-famous Dortmund Yellow Wall.
The atmosphere is also aided by the retractable roof which can generate an electric aura by trapping noise and energy in the stadium, while even when the roof is not in place a lip around the edge of the roof creates a goldfish bowl which greatly amplifies noise and sends it back into the stadium rather than into the air.
As well as having a cheese room for executive attendees, an on-site bakery, heated seats with USB ports, and a microbrewery with pints that magically fill from the bottom like something from Star Trek, it’s the retractable pitch that will run Joshua v Usyk.
Exactly the same size as the grass at Wembley Stadium, the pitch at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium weighs 9,000 tonnes, more than the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
This is due to the fact that it is made up of three step-length steel sections, 68 electric motors, and rollers along rails using 168 wheels to ensure it is truly versatile.
It takes about 25 minutes to switch between the turf and the artificial surface which is used for NFL games and will form the basis of the surface for Joshua’s heavyweight title defense with Usyk.
More than 60,000 supporters are expected to be present in the N17 on Saturday 25 December, with supporters filling the stands and also making the retractable pitch available to spectators on the pitch.
With the state-of-the-art arena ready to host one of the biggest sporting events of the year, you can guarantee the atmosphere will be electric.
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