Tottenham midfielder Skipp surprised already year gone since new stadium launch

Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp admits he’s surprised it’s already been a year since the opening of the club’s new stadium.

The central midfielder, then 18, started the first-ever football match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when the Under-18s defeated their Southampton counterparts 3-1 on 24 March, 2019.

“It’s gone quickly – it doesn’t feel like a year,” Skipp said on the game’s one-year anniversary. “I remember everything about arriving there because we took the coach to the game – seeing the stadium as we came up the road, I don’t know how to describe it… it was such a massive change. I remember going to the old stadium but just to see it in the same place but completely modernized and pretty much double the size, it was incredible.

“It was a surreal experience, especially because when we walked out after getting off the coach (north-east corner) we were directly opposite the big South Stand so when we first came in, that was the first thing we noticed, just the size of it and how steep it was. You could imagine what that would be like on a Champions League night – that was the first thing that came into my head.

“A year down the line, it definitely feels like home and it still has the same feel, the atmosphere that’s created. I think back to the City game this year, some of the Champions League games like where we were 2-0 down against Olympiacos and then came back – they were the games where you really felt the benefit of the crowd and even the games last year on the road to the Champions League Final, the City game at home when Hugo saved the penalty… just the roar of the crowd after that will live long in the memory. When we finally moved into that stadium it was everything you’d imagined and more.”