As Tottenham Hotspur get set to return home for their Premier League match against Crystal Palace on April 3, a test event has revealed the credentials of the stunning surrounding in which they will play in from now on.
In a deprived White Hart Lane area, for so long a tired, ancient looking part of London, a new modern landscape has appeared with glass panels forming the outer wall of a gladiatorial bowl which makes up the stadium.
Although tested with the club’s under-18 side playing in order to obtain a safety certificate, this is a venue that will be staging much bigger matches, looking fit for Champions League finals and international football.
The front of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium offers what is believed to be the biggest club shop in football, confirming to any doubters that Spurs mean business when it comes to their commercial status in the game.
It is not just the outer extremities which provide aesthetic pleasure. Views inside the bowl where the action will take place are equally as striking, and will more than make up for the lengthy delays Tottenham fans have encountered in getting back home.
These days many new builds see supporters a fair way from the pitch, often to the detriment of the atmosphere within the playing arena, and are criticised as a result, but here fans are on top of the action.
Although the capacity for the test event was restricted to 30,000 from the 62,000 that will be occupying it when it is full, you could still get a taste of the noise and excitement that will be created for the high profile contests.
Tottenham were due to be playing in this stadium from the beginning of September, but ongoing delays stopped that from happening and has had a huge impact on the club, and their opponents.
Spurs were having to continually reschedule matches to Wembley Stadium at short notice, meaning they faced champions Manchester City on a Monday evening, due to the venue hosting an NFL game the day before, much to the annoyance of Pep Guardiola and his men.
The cost and frustrations of the time taken to return to White Hart Lane are all about to be forgotten though, when Tottenham fans finally get to enjoy their new home.