It was an emotional triumph for Spurs, and the Spurs supporter community.
Mauricio Pochettino's only regret for Tottenham's final match at White Hart Lane is that it wasn't played as title winners.
Hoddle and Ardiles, midfield stars of the 1980s, were joined by other greats including Martin Chivers, Gary Mabbutt, Ledley King and David Ginola, who received a huge ovation. Gascoigne chose not to attend for health reasons. It has been an incredible stadium for us, especially this season having gone unbeaten.
"It was ideal. the preparation of the game, the game - we played well, got three points - and then at the end the ceremony was flawless to share with the people, the staff, the fans, was flawless".
The project's chief contractor, Mace, has now taken full control of White Hart Lane and will first bring down the North Stand before moving towards the South Stand and the "Spurs Megastore".
Harry Kane (R) scores the second goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. "We believe that when the new stadium opens the door, it will help the club to reach the last level", said the Argentine.
"Everything is heading in the right direction, but we've got to go out there and do it".
Fans on the front row will also be only between five and eight metres from the pitch which is unusual for new stadiums - at Manchester City they're 12m away and (again) at the Emirates it's 13m. Our new home will slowly embrace and engulf the old one. "We have been unbeaten at home all season so there are a lot of things to be happy about".
A lucky omen, perhaps, but Spurs haven't needed much luck this season as they have stormed to a second place finish in the top flight, their highest in the Premier League era.
Chelsea were crowned champions after their win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday, but Tottenham had the ideal occasion to forget that frustration as they prepare to temporarily play at Wembley while the Lane is demolished to make way for a new arena.
"It's true that the calendar has been hectic over the last two months, but we have to push hard now to try to win the three remaining games".