Written by Hammer and Talk @hammerandtalk
The mood has changed around the stadium as the season has progressed in my opinion. The best way to describe it is when a married couple both finally decide to put their cards on the table in a desperate act to save their marriage, obviously referring to the fans on social media saying exactly how they feel about the stadium and the ownership of the club. Since many fans have vented their frustrations, I feel the calm has most certainly followed the storm due to positive changes made by the West Ham board. Maybe this is just how I see it.
Since the beginning of West Ham’s ownership of the stadium there has been much improvement in and around the newly built stadium. An increase of stewards have been employed to aid the struggles of fan conflict within games. This has been a proven success. Also shelving has been placed in various blocks at the stadium to ensure fans can rest their drinks at half time during the break. Drinks are now being pre-poured in almost all of the blocks to ensure a shortage of queues.
Whether thoughts are of negativity or unrest, there’s no denying that things are improving around the stadium and the old saying of ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ has much more impact to West Ham fans now than than ever before especially whilst going from the fortress that is the Boleyn to the London Stadium.
I’m sorry but the stadium is not fit for football. The gap between upper and lower tiers and pitchside is too vast to bridge the lack of atmosphere and togetherness. Went on a stadium tour and it’s all very remote and soulless. We should have built a stadium similar to Benficas, which I visited and was utterly impressed with. I wasn’t against a move per Se but this move is totally wrong and against the grain. For the younger fans, good luck, but I’m not renewing and it nowhere near meets my expectations and requirements across the board.
My thought is to do away with / reposition the giant video screens and put seats in that area .. Have a look at the pic on this article and imagine the improvement in the look of the stadium if seats were in that area .. and this is a BIG area with room for loads of extra seats .. We plan to increase capacity and better to have the increased numbers closer to the pitch than up in the Gods right at the back as per the currrent plan .. It would also allow more fans in the Bobby Moore behind the goal and help in a small way to join the atmosphere between the top and lower tiers so we feel a bit more together instead of a seperate entity .. Anyone got any thoughts on this? ..