By Lucas Pereira, FootballPredictions.NET, 14:13 28/09/2020
English side Tottenham Hotspur are still adjusting to their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after only moving into the ground in April 2019.
The Desso GrassMaster hybrid grass football pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is 105 metres by 68 metres, with an area of over 7,000 square metres. This can be converted to 115 yards by 75 yards for an area of 8,500 square yards.
The stadium has the interesting feature of having two pitches - one for use in Spurs' matches and one for use in non-football related events such as the NFL.
Details of the Hybrid Turf at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The Desso GrassMaster hybrid grass football pitch at the venue combines both natural grass and synthetic turf. It is the same size as the pitch at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
It's also the same size as the home of English football, Wembley Stadium - where Spurs played on a temporary basis between 2016 and 2019 whilst their new home was being built.
The pitch is, however, 440 square metres larger than the pitch at their previous stadium, White Hart Lane. The distance between the pitch and the stands at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has also been kept to a minimum in order to enhance the atmosphere on matchdays.
On the north, east and west sides of the pitch, the gap to the supporter seating is just eight metres. On the south side, the distance from the goal to the South Stand is just five metres wide.
The 105 metres by 68 metres pitch dimensions are not uncommon in football and is, in fact, the most frequently chosen pitch size in professional football. This is due to it comfortably fitting into the pitch size rulings for most competitions around the world.
For a majority of domestic competitions, limitations are lenient with the only stipulation being that the touchline is between 90 metres and 120 metres in length - or 100 to 130 yards.
In international competitions, however, regulations are slightly stricter. Touchlines must genuinely be between 100 metres and 110 metres (110 to 120 yards) and the goalline is to be between 64 metres and 75 metres (70 to 80 yards).
Unique Retractable Pitch Beneath the Turf at Spurs’ Stadium
To maintain the condition of the pitch used by the Spurs first team, there is a second pitch at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for use in NFL matches and other non-football events such as concerts. Located beneath the hybrid grass football pitch is a synthetic turf pitch that has so far been used mostly for American football events.
The retractable football pitch is similar to the one used by NFL franchise the Arizona Cardinals, but it is the first in the world to split into three sections before being retracted. The need for the pitch having three distinct sections is so that it is able to avoid colliding with the two columns which support the foundations of the South Stand.
The retractable pitch must pass alongside these columns as it is slid beneath the South Stand car park in a process which can be completed in between 25 minutes and an hour. The NFL pitch is 1.6 metres lower than the football turf in order to allow for ideal viewing for the front row at both NFL and Spurs matches.
This is because in the NFL, team staff members generally line the whole touchline and if the pitch was not lower the view of the front row on the east and west sides of the stadium would be impeded considerably.