They had come to marvel and to party but what the Tottenham hordes truly wanted from the night when their jaw-dropping new stadium was unveiled was a win; a tonic to re-energise their faltering push for a top-four finish.
The nervous excitement crackled, particularly during a helter-skelter first-half, and there were times when Daniel Levy, the “big boss” as Mauricio Pochettino had called him on Tuesday, might have given his £1bn kingdom for a goal. Further dropped points were not a part of his script.
Then, it happened. The honour of marking this venue’s first goal went to Son Heung-min and it was easy to think at that moment, as the tension was lanced among the majority of the 59,215 in attendance, that there could have been few more popular scorers. It was Son’s 17th of the season and one that will stand the test of time.
Would the stadium boost Spurs or not? There had been no shades of grey. After four defeats and a draw in their previous five Premier League games, they simply had to win. Son’s goal soothed them and Christian Eriksen would add a second. To paraphrase Pochettino, this stadium has to have Champions League football. Spurs feel back on track.
Pochettino’s message had to be to play the game and not the occasion but it was easier said than done. The club have waited so long for this moment – in Daniel Levy’s case, it has been practically the duration of his 18-year chairmanship – and it was always going to be emotional.
Take the opening ceremony, for starters, which featured the students of Gladesmore Community School performing Everybody Dreams. They first produced it in 2012 – one year on from the riots that were sparked in this area – and it is meant to serve as an anthem of hope for the young people of Tottenham.