When the official appearances for yesterday's match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace – the first ever Premier League match at Spurs & # 39; new ground – were announced, it caused a bit of a filament on social media. Spurs' new home has an estimated capacity of 62,062, just above (he said banteriffically) the capacity of the Arsenals Emirates Stadium.
But the participation officially sold to the public was credited to 59,215. It's not just 2,947 people fewer than what the club says can fit into the stadium, it's actually lower than the main score for Monday's match in the Emirates between Arsenal and Newcastle (59,869).
This led to some being present to swell a little, especially after it was noticed that the two front rows of the stadium were left empty and unsold, apparently targeted by the club.
It also brought the predictable army of arsenal to tricks on Twitter, who were only so happy to point out that they apparently pushed Tottenham's shiny new stadium for a straight pedestrian match against Toon.
So why were there empty seats on what was undoubtedly the biggest and most sought after Tottenham match in recent memory? Theories ranged from keeping the front two rows empty except for the NFL games to a big conspiracy to keep the Spurs fans desperate for tickets out of the stadium because … IDK, reasons.
The real reason is much more, good, reasonable. According to the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, who filled in a lot of questions about this, it was a combination of factors. These included the club, which was far too cautious in the first "full capacity" match in terms of sight lines and buffers between away fans, a few people who not only show up, and how the club calculates participation numbers.
It makes total sense that the club would be a bit convincing when it comes to filling the stadium for the first time ̵
But my favorite part of that statement is at the very end: Unlike some other clubs – the unwritten bit here is HOWEVER – Spurs prefer to announce actual numbers through lathes rather than sold tickets. I can get behind this calculation method as it reflects who actually is there and not just who bought tickets for the match.
The good news now is that the first match is in the bag, it seems that Spurs opens more of the empty seats for fans who want to participate in future home games. And as it also appears that season ticket holders did not get seats in the first few rows, this means that these seats can find their way into the hands of future disposable partners. Like, for example, and purely hypothetical, me. Or you!