West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady sat down for an exclusive interview with Sky News today, and responded when asked whether the club’s move to the London Stadium in 2016 was the right decision.
The Hammers have really struggled since moving to their 60,000 capacity Stratford home from Upton Park in the summer of 2016.
West Ham have won just 26 out of the 67 Premier League games they have played at the London Stadium.
Most Hammers fans miss Upton Park. Their new stadium – essentially an athletics track, is completely soulless, lacks atmosphere, and it seems as though the majority of teams that come to play West Ham have a field day.
And Brady was asked by Sky News whether the move from Upton Park three-and-a-half years ago is now proving to be a mistake:
“Absolutely not, one of the reasons why we’re in that league is because the opportunities that the Olympic Stadium has brought to us. We have a capacity of 60,000, we’ve put in a planning application to go into 62,500, we have 54,000 season ticket holders, 50,000 people on a waiting list to buy a season ticket, 35,000 families and we have the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League.”
Many fans would disagree
West Ham’s move to their new home was supposed to coincide with a new era of success for the club. But that has been far from the case.
The Hammers have, in fact, gone backwards over the past three-and-a-half seasons.
And if the board continue to show absolutely zero ambition with regards to transfers, there is only one way that West Ham will go. And that is down.
These are worrying times for Hammers fans. And they haven’t even got a special place to call home as something to fall back on.