West Ham’s London Stadium
As reported by the Evening Standard on Monday, West Ham are exploring plans to improve the fan experience at the London Stadium.
From the outset, this is an admission from West Ham that their new stadium has faults.
The Hammers ground was originally built for the London Olympics in 2012. That’s lead to repeated criticisms that the stadium isn’t great for watching football.
Perhaps the biggest criticism of the ground is that the fans are too far away from the pitch.
That’s annoyed West Ham supporters who used to be in touching distance of the pitch at Upton PArk.
How West Ham may change their ground
West Ham appear to have accepted that the fan experience in their stadium isn’t great but releasing plans to fix it.
As confirmed in the Standard, West Ham plan to address their seating issue:
West Ham have confirmed they are exploring options to improve the match day experience at the London Stadium by bringing supporters closer to the action.
The lower tiers of the Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore stands – positioned behind the goalposts at their end of the pitch – could be moved forward by four meters as part of the new plans to create a more traditional aesthetic at the Hammers’ home ground.
The Irons have also confirmed that they will now speak to West Ham season ticket holders about their stadium plans.
The Club is currently working with London Stadium to explore some changes which would bring fans closer to the action.https://t.co/X4WNDYhJX6
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) February 18, 2019
It’s worth remembering that West Ham agreed a 99-year commercial lease to play at the London Stadium.
The Irons moved home back in 2016.