U2’s sound engineers help to generate a deafening ‘wall of sound’
Populous & Jump Studios for Tottenham Hotspur FC
Contract value: undisclosed
The client wanted a fully accessible facility that would set a new global standard in fan experience and act as a catalyst for wider regeneration. The north London club’s 62,303-capacity stadium creates a reputedly intense match-day atmosphere, with stands angled at maximum gradient to make the crowd feel ‘on top’ of the action. With the first row of seats only 8m from it, fans are closer to this pitch than at any comparable modern stadium. The 17,500-seat South Stand is the biggest single-tier stand in the country and is designed to generate a deafening ‘wall of sound’. The architect worked with U2’s sound engineers to optimise bowl acoustics, fine-tuning reverberation times to amplify the roar of the crowd and enhance the match atmosphere.