Our neighbours in North London have finally moved into their new home.
The new home that added 2,000 seats to the initial plan in order to have more capacity than us.
The new home that has its own cheese factory.
Whether we like it or not, and looking past some of the extraneous features, spurs new ground is a better facility than The Emirates.
It’s simply common sense.
If we were to buy a car to replace our thirteen year old model we currently had, the new motor would have bells and whistles that aren’t included in the older model.
Tottenham’s new ground is better because its newer and the facilities are pretty good.
It isn’t a home yet though.
What exactly makes a home? Well, Highbury had the intimacy of a smaller ground, but the noise of a bigger stadia. Most importantly though, it had memories that made atmosphere, it carried us forward.
Those famous nights under the floodlights. Those title triumphs, watching us grow as a club. It makes the bond between club, fans and the ground so much stronger than before.
We moved into Highbury in 1913, and spent nearly a century there. In that time we endured misery, ecstasy and had the privilege of seeing our greatest ever players chew up the famous turf.
So when we moved to The Emirates, the ground, while aesthetically pleasing and allowing more of us to enjoy the game, felt cold.
It has taken quite some time for that bond to be nurtured, but what has helped is our FA Cup wins. While the final wasn’t played at the ground, the banner that circles the stands that lists our achievements was added to thrice.
Not only that, but we’ve been there for thirteen years this year, and that’s a fair amount of time to build the warmth, and see some sights that forge memories.
Tottenham have yet to do that. Their lack of silverware is one thing, but they have played one game. It will take years for them to be able to build that siege atmosphere that makes home games a banker.
We are at that stage already, ten successive victories – the first time since 1997/98 and the first time at The Emirates – tells us that our ground is now in Fortress mode.
We endured the cost-cutting to pay off our ground, around £350m. Spurs owe around £850m and even though they have some lucrative deals with the NFL in place, the payback will be a bitch.
Spurs have had a decent team for years but seem unable to go that last mile and make it as genuine trophy winners.
If they don’t do it soon, they never will.