West Ham United fans unhappy with the club’s London Stadium home have been given renewed hope, from Spain.

A large section of West Ham fans were unhappy with how the club’s heralded move to the former Olympic Stadium panned out.

The Hammers‘ move to Stratford from their beloved Upton Park was beset by problems from the start.

The first season at the London Stadium was marred by in-fighting, violent scenes between home and away supporters, a general dissatisfaction with the distance from the stands to the pitch and concerns over the atmosphere.

Many supporters felt David Sullivan, David Gold and their vice-chairman Karren Brady had sold them a lie.

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London Stadium improving but far from perfect

Things have improved. Markedly so in fact. The installation of a claret pitch surround, further West Ham-ification in and around the stadium and a focus on making it a better matchday experience for supporters is paying off.

The fiercely loyal Hammers fans pack out the 60,000 stadium every other week and boast the second highest number of season ticket holders in the top flight.

Supporters will not be truly happy there until the seating is in line with a more traditional football stadium.

West Ham are looking into the possibility of eventually squaring off the stands behind the goals and after that the sides of the stadium (whufc.com).

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West Ham given new hope

Many believe that to be mission impossible given the stadium’s design.

But West Ham have been given new hope from Real Sociedad’s magnificent transformation of their own inherited athletics bowl.

The La Liga club have been undertaking a major £42million reconstruction of their home ground bringing the stands right next to the pitch.

 

The Estadio Anoeta officially opened on the 29th of July 1993 with the European Youth Athletics Championships. The first match at the stadium was played a few weeks later when Sociedad entertained Real Madrid in a friendly.

But supporters have never been happy there, primarily due to the distance between the spectators and the pitch which has resulted in a cold atmosphere.

series of images and videos on stadiumdb.com showed just how Sociedad planned to achieve the redevelopment.

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Envious and excited in equal measure

And now pictures of the finished product have emerged which will make West Ham fans envious and excited in equal measure.

Envious, because it is exactly what West Ham fans dream of seeing.

Excited, because it proves it CAN be done.

The stark contrast between the before and after images says everything.

West Ham fans can but hope Sullivan and Gold will one day deliver something similar.

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