Review: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium's exclusive H Club
Yesterday I went to the second test event at Tottenham with my eleven-year-old son and youngest daughter, nine. The event was to prepare for their opening first team game at the new stadium, next Wednesday evening against Crystal Palace.
I'd been to the stadium a few times during construction to look at seating options, but nothing could prepare me for the experience I had yesterday.
When: Saturday 30th March 2019, 5.30 pm kick-off
Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, NW17, London
What is the H Club
The H Club is the ultimate premium option at Spurs' new stadium except for one, which is unpublished, and I shouldn’t talk about because it's pretty much by-invitation-only and has a price tag north of £100,000 per season.
Limited to 180 seats on the halfway line in the West stand, the H Club is billed as a discerning private members' club.
You get "unprecedented access to players, coaching staff and board meetings."
Before the season started, members were invited to an evening of Portuguese wine tasting with Pochettino at the training ground in Enfield.
A pair of halfway line seats on level 4 of the West Stand.
One car parking space in the stadium.
Private elevator from the basement car park to the H club lobby.
The choice of five dining options.
Premiership, Domestic cup and European cup games.
Executive coach transfer from local train stations.
Michelin star quality food.
Ticket swap with Tunnel club members.
Priority booking for NFL games and music concerts.
The man of the match presentation which is done in the H club foyer.
What’s not included
Unicorns or the ability to drive to the stadium without traffic.
Flanked by private boxes on either side, there are 180 leather H club seats spread across three rows. This was by far the most comfortable I've been at any sports event or concert.
You can choose to have a cold, toasty or roasty bottom using the three-way heated seat control and there's also a single USB charging outlet.
For the test event, all members were given a set menu compared to match days where they will be a choice of eatery styles.
Canapes on arrival
Crab scone to start
Fillet of beef as a main
White chocolate and peanut cake for dessert
Sausage rolls and chocolate brownies at half time
Cheese and biscuits after the match
The food was exquisite, and there was plenty of it.
The dining options
There are five different options available to members of the H club:
Option 1 - Brasserie style food
Option 2 - Light snacks and sandwiches at Lumiere bar
Option 3 - Fine dining
Option 4 - Chef's table where you're walked through the meal
Option 5 - Players' table for dining with former plays
Wifi and cell signal
Spurs commissioned HPe to install high-density Wifi, and the signal was flawless with some supporters getting up to 20 Mb download speeds.
The new app should launch before the game on Wednesday and includes GPS using Bluetooth beacons to help navigate to your seat or chosen eatery.
This was a great and fun way to see players from my childhood, and Robbie Keane's goal celebration along with Gazza's brief appearance gave us a preview of what matchday atmosphere will be.
What does it cost
Health warning: take a seat before reading this…
At the time of writing, membership will set you back £30,000 for two seats and a one-time £30,000 joining fee. Plus VAT. So if you want to pick up the last few for next season, check the back of the sofa for £72,000.
The H Club is different. It's just an incredible experience that feels like the offspring of a 5* boutique hotel and good first-class airport lounge.