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It's coming closer to home for West Ham after massive announcement which will finally appease disgruntled Hammers fans
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It's coming closer to home for West Ham after massive announcement which will finally appease disgruntled Hammers fans

It’s coming CLOSER to home for West Ham United fans it seems after a massive announcement regarding the London Stadium this weekend.

West Ham fans have been deeply unhappy with many things since the big move to Stratford.

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

And it is easy to see why supporters are so upset given what they had at their beloved Upton Park and the vision sold to them on leaving the famous Boleyn Ground.

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GSB pledged to explore bringing fans closer to the pitch on all sides and came good on stands behind the goals

Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady pledged to investigate the possibility of bringing seats closer to the pitch.

Seating behind both goals at the London Stadium was reconfigured last year. The seating has been squared off in line with more traditional football stadia.

It certainly looks better aesthetically. The two reconfigured stands Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore Lower Tiers have been fully designed with any possible future developments with regards to safe standing already in mind. So they will be compatible for future installation, to allow them to be adapted should there be any changes to Premier League guidelines on safe standing.

Brady also pledged to supporters 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.

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It’s coming closer to home for West Ham fans as report reveals club’s plans to reconfigure west stand

That is key to placating disgruntled West Ham fans long term. The chasm between these stands and the pitch is something Hammers supporters simply cannot bear.

But a report from The Telegraph overnight will excite West Ham fans after it was announced that the Irons have started the ball rolling on bringing the west stand closer to the action.

“The Exchequer will shell out £14.5m for fresh seating as the club redevelops its West Stand to bring fans close to the pitch,” The Telegraph reports.

“Another £20.5m of public money will go on providing West Ham with stewards over the next four years, according to contracts disclosed by the Government…

“A spokesman for West Ham United said the tender notice for the stand was at the “very early stage of a process examining costings and ideas for improvements.”

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Nothing will ever replace Upton Park but this is making the best of a bad situation

“They added: “The club is always looking at ideas to enhance the overall matchday experience for our supporters… bringing them closer to the pitch.”

Thi is great news for West Ham. Whether fans like it or not – and Hammers News have been vociferous critics of the new ground since the move – the London Stadium is likely to be West Ham’s home for a long time given the club has signed a 99-year lease.

Nothing will ever replace Upton Park. But bringing the stands closer to the pitch is a big step in the right direction and is at least an attempt to make the best of a bad situation.

In other West Ham news, Hammers boss David Moyes has risked the wrath of a nation with his comments on England ahead of tonight’s Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Meanwhile, Rice has given West Ham a boost after admitting he misses West Ham and can’t wait to be reunited with his Hammers teammates in pre-season.