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JUNE | BIGGER PICTURE Opening pitch What: Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium opening ceremony Where: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium When: 3 April Agency: Gary Beestone Client and reporting: Tottenham Hotspur directly, Tony Stephens head of PR – with the project being overseen by Donna Cullen, executive director On the 3 April 2019, Gary Beestone Events & Theatre produced and delivered the Opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s new 62,062 capacity stadium – a fitting ‘Welcome Home’ to Spurs ever loyal fans, 22 months after their farewell to White Hart Lane. The ceremony was all about the local community. Gladesmore Community School Choir, conducted by Ty Lowe, were joined by 2018 X-Factor contestant and Tottenham local, Lanya Matthews, in a stirring rendition of Everybody Dreams. This song was written by pupils of Gladesmore, as an anthem of pride and hope for the community after the town’s riots of 2011. Following an emotional players entrance, Wynne Evans saw a triumphant return to the pitch, dueting with Lanya on the club’s rousing anthem Glory Glory, culminating in a spectacular rooftop pyro display. All performances were supported by the Tottenham Hotspur marching band, conducted by the Grammy award winning musical director, Steve Sidwell. The ceremony was shown live on Sky Sports and NBC and streamed live via Spurs TV on social media. “Without question the short notice of the final green light and also working with a completely new building with untested (in a live show environment) technical infrastructure to deliver a very short unforgiving ceremony that had to be faultless,” says Gary Beestone, director. Suppliers: Stadium FX designed and delivered the lighting Event FX on pyrotechnics Brittania Row on sound Sygma on Health and Safety Orange Jackets on stage management Steve Sidwell was the musical director and led on the arrangements, studio recordings and musician recruitment Read the rest at 08