Just how do they fill glasses from the bottom at new £1 billion Tottenham stadium?

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Forget the retractable pitch with an artificial surface underneath or the fact that the whole stadium is cashless. The thing that has got us most excited about the new state-of-the-art Spurs ground is that pint glasses are filled not from the top, but from the bottom.

Although it sounds like a late April Fool joke, it’s actually completely true and makes a great deal of sense when you think about it. Basically it means servers do not have to waste time beer manually from taps into glasses.

The machine can pour “multiple servings simultaneously at a rate that is nine times faster than a traditional tap”, according to Bottoms Up, the company that made the taps. This equates to 69 pints per minute – surely more than enough for even the most hardened of football ground drinkers.

But how does it work? Basically, glasses are placed on a metal plate and filled from a hole in the bottom, which is then sealed using a magnet. See the video below.


Bar staff are then free to take payments from customers while drinks are being poured. The stadium is also completely cashless. Only payments made using contactless cards, mobile phones or gift cards will be accepted.

The club said the move will increase the speed at which customers can be served and will also make the payment process more hygienic.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium — which is reported to have cost £1 billion — replaces the club’s old White Hart Lane ground.

Today (April 3rd 2019) the club will play its first game at their new 62,000-seater ground when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League.


Chris Price
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