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Russians give West Ham London Stadium hope for future after Real Sociedad example
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Russians give West Ham London Stadium hope for future after Real Sociedad example

Russians have given West Ham real London Stadium hope for the future after Real Sociedad set a perfect example.

Many West Ham fans remain unhappy with the club’s bowl-shaped London Stadium home and the vast chasms between the east and west stands and the pitch.

Huge gaps between the upper and lower tier are also a source of discontent.

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

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Things have improved with better performances and results on the pitch. The squaring off of the stands behind the goals in line with more traditional football stadia has also helped.

PAI Capital made revamping the stadium a key element of their failed takeover bid for West Ham.

With Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky on board there is hope among supporters that further improvements to the Marmite stadium will be in the pipeline.

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How much redevelopment can be done in the stadium remains a grey area, though. There are claims that it is not possible to dig down at the Stratford ground in order to help improve the rake and C-Value of West Ham’s home while straightening the sides.

Well now West Ham have been given renewed hope from Russia that it is possible, should David Sullivan, David Gold, Kretinsky and co front the money to make it happen.

The Twitter account Russian Hammers posted before and after pictures of the marvellous 81,000 capacity Luzhniki Stadium which appear to suggest its renovation a few years ago was done without digging down.

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Russians give West Ham London Stadium hope for future after Real Sociedad example

The Luzhniki was converted into a football-specific stadium as the running track was removed and seating rake was overhauled to enable the stands to be moved right next to the pitch and sightlines improved.

Images of the brilliant conversion from a bowl-shaped athletics stadium to one of the world’s best football grounds has sparked optimism among Hammers fans that their own problems could one day be solved at the London Stadium.

However with reconstruction costs topping £300 million it remains highly unlikely we will see a large scale redevelopment unless Kretinsky is feeling generous and wants to foot the bill.

That would be one way to endear himself to West Ham fans forever.

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The Luzhniki was actually highlighted by fellow West Ham site KUMB back in 2018, as you can see below.

And it follows the example set in Spain where David Moyes’s former club Real Sociedad transformed their own athletics stadium in stages – which you can see here – and it looks fantastic.

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