By Paul Donegan
This guide is based on going to the Tottenham match against Manchester United on 7th November 2021. I had been there for another match earlier this season and only the indoor food kiosk was open for that one so a reminder that things might be different if you ever decide to have a visit to the Hive to watch Tottenham play.
Camrose Ave, London HA8 6AG
Location and Ground History
The Hive is in north west London near to Stanmore and Edgware. The complex was built as Barnet FCs training centre before they moved into the stadium there in 2013. London Broncos rugby league team shared the ground from 2014 to 2015 and London Bees, who now play in the FA Women’s National League, also played at the ground but now it seems they play their home matches on one of the outside pitches. Tottenham have played at The Hive since 2019 when they got promoted to the WSL.
The Jubilee line (the grey coloured tube line), towards Stanmore if going from central London (takes about 30 mins from there), runs right behind the stadium with Canons Park being the closest station to the ground, being about a 10 minute walk. Most of the walk from Canons Park station is along a path through The Hive complex past other pitches/5 a side pitches. Queensbury about a 15 minute walk in the opposite direction. A number of buses go along Camrose Avenue (288) and Whitchurch Lane (79, 86 and 340) at either end of complex. There is car parking available at the ground behind the south end but there is a charge for this (looks like £8 on matchdays). The entrance into the complex if driving is off Camrose Avenue.
Tickets can be bought online and the ticket comes on the confirmation email, as well as the same thing on an attachment, which you need to print off and take with you to the match which you scan at the turnstiles to get in. Tickets can be bought on the day, if available, from the ticket office at the ground (on the corner of east and south stands, near the car park) but there is an increase in price if bought on the day (£8 for adults instead of £6.50 if bought beforehand) and it is card payment only.
There are 4 separate covered stands with gaps in the corners of the ground with a total capacity of 6,500. The only stand open for Tottenham matches is the west stand (The Legends Stand) which is an all seater and runs the whole length of the pitch. It is also the stadiums largest stand with a capacity of 2,686 and it is all unreserved seating.
There is a small scoreboard at the back of the stand which shows the score and how many minutes have been played along with the TV gantry. The seats are in Barnet’s colours of orange and black (the seats in the other stands are the same colours). The Jubilee line passes right behind this stand.
The north stand (Stand 66) is a seated stand behind the goal and at the south end, there is a terracing (Bees Terrace) which had Tottenham banners over it. The east stand (The Hive Stand) has a few rows of seats and is where the dugouts are, press seating and VIPs sit. The tunnel is at the north end of this stand. The turnstiles that are open for Tottenham matches are in the south west corner of the ground, at the far end of the car park, near the tube line and merchandise kiosk. There was a bag search before going in. There are toilets at the back of the stand between the food kiosk and bar entrance.
Food and Drink
There is a spacious bar (Legends Bar) under the stand which can be entered from behind the stand or through 2 entrances in the stand from pitchside. Alcohol is not allowed to be taken outside. There were 2 food kiosks open, one at the back of the stand between the turnstiles and bar entrance and another inside at the far end of the bar where there are some tables and chairs if you want to eat/drink there. On the east stand side, there is another bar which includes a Starbucks, but this can only be entered from outside the ground. Seemed to be card payment only for food and drink at the ground.
There is a merchandise kiosk outside the ground, near the turnstiles, which sells lots of different things such as shirts, baseball caps, hats, pens, mugs, keyrings, the list could go on! Paper programmes can be bought from here as well. Again, seemed to be card payment only. At the Manchester United match, there was a freestyle footballer and beatboxer going along the front of the stand keeping the crowd entertained before the match and at half time.