Football stadium tours are the best way for any group of fans to get as close as possible to their sporting heros and the match experience from the players’ points of view
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tour, White Hart Lane
Groups are greeted by their tour guide in the stadium Megastore, undoubtedly the best place for the biggest selection of Spurs merchandise, filled with everything fans could ever need. The professional guides take groups around the stadium beginning with the press auditorium, where they explain the history of the club and its rise to fame and glory. Visitors then get a chance to sit in the Directors’ box and hear about some of the nitty-gritty of running a football stadium, including how the groundskeepers look after the grass and how cameras are positioned so that viewers in the stadium and via television get the best possible experience.
A fascinating glimpse into the competitive world of football comes when visitors see the changing rooms; the spartan bare minimum of bench, clock and communal shower in the away dressing room contrasts strongly with the flatscreen televisions and strategy boards in the home dressing room!
Groups can then walk up through the tunnel and out to pitchside for a real taste of what it is like for players on match days. There are plenty of opportunities for viewing The FA Cup and League trophy up close and having photos taken alongside. Special group rates can be obtained by contacting stadium tour administrator Gary Belsham.
0208 365 5191
Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre, Old Trafford
Blending historical exhibits with state-of-the-art interactive experiences, the Manchester United Museum & Tour Centre brings the remarkable legend to life like never before.
In over 130 years of football, the club that humbly started life as Newton Heath has lifted silverware on a global stage time and time again. A visit to the trophy room lets visitors see just how successful the club has been, from the European conquests of the Busby Babes to the 1999 treble. Other artefacts and knowledgeable insight captures the story and history of Manchester United in a way that engages visitors of any age.
Using interactive exhibits, there is a chance to get even closer to the world of Manchester United, including an audience with Sir Alex Ferguson himself in his own private office, recreated with flawless attention to detail. A new ‘What it Takes’ theatre exhibit shows exactly what is required to become a professional footballer, surely a must for all wannabe footballers in attendance.
The Stadium Tour
From the dizzy heights of the North Stand to Sir Alex Ferguson’s dugout spot, groups are taken on a thorough journey round the stadium and into the behind-the-scenes areas. The atmospheric changing rooms give an idea of the tension of pre-match preparation and are often the rooms that visitors are most excited to see, as they have surely welcomed all the most famous footballing names into their showers and indeed continue to do so. The ultimate taster of match day experience comes when visitors are able to emerge from the tunnel onto the pitch just as all those famous names have done throughout the previous years.
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