Spurs WILL play in front of 62,062 and beat Arsenal and West Ham attendances after falling short in first game
TOTTENHAM fans have been assured the empty seats in the first match at their new stadium WILL be filled in future games amid suggestions they would never be used.
Tickets for the opening match against Crystal Palace were completely sold out with thousands left disappointed they could not get a seat.
So the sight of two rows left empty across much of the £1billion venue left many puzzled – with some claiming they could not ever be sold because of the height of the pitch.
There were also raised eyebrows that the official attendance for the match was 59,215, well under the 62,062 capacity for a match that was a complete sell-out.
And it led to some to speculate that ticket re-selling sites had bought them in bulk and denied true fans the chance to attend.
But SunSport has learnt that the only reason for the blank rows was because Spurs had to hold some back because they were unsure what space would be needed for operational and broadcast needs.
The club effectively went into the Palace game blind in terms of what was needed to ensure stewarding and television needs were met.
Actual attendance figures published by Spurs reflect the total of people entering through the gates, rather than the tickets sold number quoted by other sides such as Arsenal
As they learn more about the way the venue is used on matchdays, more areas will be opened up to supporters to snap up seats.
And there is absolutely no difference to the maximum capacity whether the ground is in football mode or, for example, NFL mode with an artificial surface 1.5 metres lower than the floating grass pitch.
More tickets were already available for the Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester City next week than were for the Palace match.
And because the advertising signage is up to modern specs, Tottenham do not need to leave empty rows of seats for European matches as sometimes happens at other clubs.
And by the time Huddersfield visit the new stadium in the Premier League on April 13, the working capacity will be far closer to the maximum.
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Actual attendance figures published by Spurs reflect the total of people entering through the gates, rather than the tickets sold number quoted by other sides such as Arsenal.
So the club are fully confident they will be playing in front of packed houses by the end of the season and in the future.
The only other issue that will affect the amount of seats available to fans will be some are lost to segregation lines between home and away supporters.