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Exciting new London Stadium redevelopment claim as West Ham insider delivers West Stand update

There has been an exciting new London Stadium redevelopment claim as a West Ham insider delivers a West Stand update.

There was confusion among fans over West Ham’s London Stadium redevelopment plans after a recent announcement.

Many West Ham fans were and remain unhappy with the London Stadium since the big move to Stratford in 2016.

The major bone of contention has been the distance from the stands to the pitch.

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Given what West Ham fans had at their beloved Upton Park and the vision sold to them on leaving the famous Boleyn Ground, it isunderstandable.

West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady – prior to being joined at the club by Daniel Kretinsky – pledged to investigate the possibility of bringing seats closer to the pitch some time ago.

Seating behind both goals at the London Stadium was reconfigured last year to be squared off in line with more traditional football stadia.

The two reconfigured stands – the Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore Lower Tiers – were also fully designed with any possible future developments with regards to safe standing already in mind.

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The squaring off of the stands behind the goals certainly looks better aesthetically even if it only moved a small section of fans actually physically closer to the pitch.

Brady also pledged to supporters some time ago that West Ham would liaise with architects to evaluate the possibility of eventually squaring off the east and west stands of the bowl shaped arena.

As previously reported months ago, West Ham were in discussions over an agreement for a £14.5m redevelopment to improve the West Stand.

That contract tender was estimated to be around £14.5m as previously reported by The Telegraph.

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West Ham then announced that redevelopment will take place this summer alongside a stadium capacity increase from 60,000 to 62,500.

“The West Stand Lower Tier will be reconfigured to further develop a more traditional football stadium layout, bringing the upper and lower tiers closer together and more fans nearer to the action,” West Ham said in the announcement.

The news was welcomed by many West Ham fans who hate the bowl-shaped nature of the ground as it was presumed the West Stand would be squared off – as the Hammers had done with the stands behind the goals.

But there has been confusion over the plans after Hammers website Claret and Hugh claimed that would not be the case.

“The London Stadium, which is paying it with taxpayers’ money, is doing so to save money from moving the seats over the summer,” Claret and Hugh’s Sean Whetstone reported in an article title ‘London Stadium stand spin must stop’ back in April.

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“West Ham needs to approve the change so what are they getting out of it? Primarily it will be the new premium 1966 seats that they can sell for £1,500 to raise more ticket income.

“A few hundred seats will move further away from the pitch by the corner flags;  the new stand is not being squared (off) like the ones behind the goals so it is a stretch to call it a more traditional football stand.”

That news disappointed many supporters who feel that squaring the stadium off on all four sides and bringing he stands closer to the pitch is the only way to truly make the ground feel like home.

Well there has been an exciting new London Stadium redevelopment claim as the same West Ham insider delivered a West Stand update yesterday.

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In a new article on Claret and Hugh, Whetstone has backtracked claiming the West Stand WILL in fact be squared off.

“After the final event on 26th June the stadium will need to transform to football mode but this summer it will involve dismantling and rebuilding the £14.5m West stand in its new configuration,” Whetstone said on Claret and Hugh.

“The new lightweight stand will save cost for the London Stadium owners and is forecast to reduce moving costs from £4.3m to just £2m per summer.

“The stand will be squared off and the stand will expand to move closer to the upper tier closing the gap, incorporating a new 1966 corporate section and bring some supporters closer to the pitch.”

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For many West Ham fans, the London Stadium may never feel like home. But the majority of supporters have started to settle as the years tick by and matchday routines normalise.

There is no denying the stadium will look and feel infinitely better when all four sides are squared off.

Although it must also be said that some fans remain deeply unhappy with the way the seating rearrangement for the West Stand redevelopment has been handled by the club.

Many Hammers supporters claim they were moved away from friends and family without warning ahead of the changes.


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