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Reader Report: Amber’s Dream Trip to Tottenham Hotspur
For people like Amber, Groundhopper Guides offers a simple proposition. She wanted to see a game at Tottenham Hotspur, and we sell Spurs tickets and hospitality. But it’s more than that.
We also explain the logistics, like how to get to the stadium and which pubs to hit before and after the game. We tell you about the Tottenham stadium tours. We answer all your questions, and we send you a copy of our book, The Groundhopper Guide to Soccer in England.
So here’s what happens when somebody puts it all together and takes full advantage of what we do here.
This Reader Report was written by Amber Hawes. It has been edited for clarity. All photos and videos are courtesy of Ms. Hawes unless otherwise noted.
My Boyfriend’s Dream to See Tottenham Hotspur
Back in 2019, I decided that I had enough funds to finally take my trip of a lifetime. My boyfriend and I have been together for a few years, and he introduced me to the wonderful world of soccer. He’s been a Tottenham fan for quite a long time and, of course, he always wanted to attend a match one day. It only made sense to include this in our trip.
I had absolutely no idea how to go about getting tickets to a game in another country. After some stabs in the dark on Google searches, I stumbled upon Groundhopper Guides and their Premier League tickets. I contacted Paul via email to request a quote, and he quickly replied with all the information I needed to get started.
We ended up deciding to wait for the 20/21 fixtures to be announced in June 2020, but then the pandemic happened. It wasn’t until 2021 that I reached out to Paul again. It was nice to hear he still remembered me even with so much time having passed. Our chosen match was Tottenham vs Leicester on April 30th. It was a safer game to be able to organize a trip around being that far in advance.
When deciding on which seats to choose, I almost went with a lower priced package, but after reading a report from someone else who attended a Tottenham game, I chose the Block 002-003 package. I wanted to be as close to the pitch as possible!
Once the purchase was official, everything for this dream trip fell into place. Because of Paul’s knowledge and guidance, we knew to plan to be in London for the whole weekend in case of the schedule changing, which it eventually did, from Saturday to that Sunday. Paul contacted us immediately with the info about the new game date, and it was no problem at all. We just swapped our plans for that day.
Tottenham Hotspur Dare Skywalk Stadium Tour
Not only did the previously mentioned reader report help me decide on what seats to purchase, it spoke of the Tottenham stadium tours that are available (also mentioned in the Groundhopper book we received). Once I saw that you can go to the top of the stadium and touch the legendary golden cockerel, I knew we had to do this.
It was also great practice on how to get to the stadium. We were staying at the Crestfield Hotel, a cute, simple, accommodation that is just a block away from St. Pancras International, which was perfect since we were arriving from Paris. A big bonus was King’s Cross Station being right there also, so it was an easy Tube ride to Seven Sisters (also mentioned in the book). It was nice enough weather, so we decided to take the easy 30-minute walk to the stadium.
The tour did not disappoint. Beautiful views, and great hospitality.
Game Day at Tottenham Hotspur
With our previous trip to the stadium, and with Paul’s book (PDF version) in hand, we were ready. The weather was manageable again, so we took the same walking route. We were there super early, so we headed to one of the pubs the book recommended called “The Bricklayers.” It was the perfect environment to get ready for the game. Everything felt surreal. And it only got more surreal walking into the stadium.
Tickets are digital only, which really is the new norm globally in almost everything, so I appreciated it. I purchased and used the PVC drawstring bag after our stadium tour, as they are acceptable for use under no bag policy, so getting in was extremely easy.
Tottenham Hospitality: East Lower Travel Club
I’ve been to baseball and hockey games that include lounge access, but those are NOTHING compared to what we experienced in this lounge. The food: delicious. The bathrooms: spectacular. I couldn’t have been more comfortable waiting for a game to start. We’re pretty sure there was a “Tottenham legend” a couple of tables down telling stories.
Pitch-Side Seats for Spurs
When it was time to get to our seats, picturing our surroundings still gives me chills. We were in Block 002, row 7. Seven. Rows. From. The. Field. The players I’ve seen so many times on television are now right in front of me. Nothing could have ruined the day.
The cherry on this cake, though, is that Tottenham won, 3-1. To see the legendary Harry Kane score along with two goals from my absolute favorite Sonny, to hear and participate in chants, having local fans in front of us, hearing REAL banter, every box was ticked.
After the game, we almost left the lounge, but we decided to head back into other parts of the stadium, where we stumbled upon a wall-to-wall pool of fans celebrating and singing along with live music. It was a decision we will never forget!
We headed back to the same pub to celebrate and to watch the Arsenal game on TV; it was unbelievable that we were able to get in. Even with being shoulder to shoulder, everyone we interacted with was incredibly happy and friendly. It was a perfect end to the evening. If my boyfriend wasn’t so grounded and level-headed, I’d already be trying to purchase more tickets so I can experience this all over again.
Thank you, Groundhopper Guides!
You’re more than welcome, Amber! We love helping make our clients’ groundhopping dreams come true!
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