London Olympic Stadium
|Clubs||West Ham United|
|Cost||£ 323 mln|
|Construction||08.2013 - 2016|
|Contractor||Balfour Beatty (2016)|
London Olympic Stadium – design description
Although West Ham had been preparing for some time to take over as anchor tenants of the 2012 Olympics Stadium, decision was made only in March 2013. This is also when the club presented detailed plans of how the ground opened a year before should be redeveloped.
Contrary to initial Olympics legacy plans, the upper stands were decided to be retained, while initially permanent lower sections were to be replaced by retractable stands that would bring fans close to the action both for football and athletics. With the stadium also receiving new permanent corporate zones, capacity is to fall from 80,000 to 60,000 seats.
A new tensile roof was also designed over the stands, covering all fans. With the span of 84 meters it's thought to be the world's largest delivered in that technology.
Demolition of the lower stands began in August 2013, while roof deconstruction followed in November. All of the stadium is to be done in 2015, in time for the Rugby World Cup. Of the planned budget set at £272 million (immense growth from 195m initially) West Ham United are to cover some 10%, with the remainder being financed by Newham Council (£ 40m) and central funds.
London: Successful debut of London Stadium
Less than two day before official opening sell-out crowd tested the new home of West Ham. And, perhaps surprisingly, London Stadium exceeds expectations rather than failing to live up.
London: West Ham’s final countdown begins
We’re just 7 days away from West Ham’s first official game at the London Stadium (temporary name). Despite great effort, the building won’t be complete by next Thursday.
London: It’s the end for Upton Park
Tonight’s game against Manchester United ends 112 years of history at Boleyn Ground for West Ham supporters. As the club moves to the Olympic Stadium, it sets new record for season tickets.
London: WHU and Juventus to open Olympic Stadium
First ever game between West Ham and Juventus will mark the opening of Olympic Stadium after its vast reconstruction. The game will be played on August 7.
London: Olympic Stadium more claret and blue
Field is getting greener while the seating layout is almost completely redone already. West Ham was granted planning permission for club megastore and naming rights deal is reportedly very close.
London: West Ham’s stadium deal revealed
Despite efforts to keep it confidential, the LLDC was forced to publish all contents of the contract which grants West Ham United 99-year tenancy at the Olympic Stadium. Check out the numbers.
London: Major updates on Olympic Stadium
Season ticket demand is skyrocketing and capacity will thus grow to possibly Premier League’s second largest stadium. West Ham also boast about Europe’s largest HD screens, though they fall well short…
London: West Ham want to increase Olympic Stadium capacity
Though they haven’t even played one game there, West Ham United are already hoping to increase the capacity of Olympic Stadium in football mode. It could exceed 60,000.
Singapore: San Mamés distinguished at WAF
The new home of Athletic Club in Bilbao was selected as the best piece of sports architecture in the passing year. The Basque stadium joins recognized venues from around the world.
London: Taxpayers to benefit from Olympic Stadium? Barely
“Small profit is better than none” seems to be the attitude of London Legacy Development Corporation. The public entity will have just £200,000 left after expenses next year.
London: Stands moved closer, opposition growing
London Olympic Stadium’s retractable stands were moved closer to the field. Also campaigners against West Ham’s deal are moving closer to their goal. In both cases: not too close.
London: West Ham struck gold? Yes and no
BBC reported that West Ham won’t be paying for policing, stewarding, pitch care or even goalposts at the Olympic Stadium. The club took counter-offensive, but… didn’t deny any of these revelations.
London: Olympic Stadium reopened after roof reconstruction
Yesterday app. 17,000 runners literally ran a test of the Olympic Stadium after its roof and stands were revamped. Having studied messageboards and social media, we consider the feedback positive.
London: Worker dies at Olympic Stadium
44-year-old subcontractor was found dead this morning after reportedly falling from height. Works were stopped on Olympic Stadium revamp, pending further developments.
London: Olympic Stadium insanely expensive
It’s the first time we’re using the word “insane” in the title. But it seems the only way of describing the skyrocketing price of London’s doubtful landmark in the Olympic Park.
London: West Ham deal illegal? Possibly, not likely
If the European Commission finds the deal between LLDC and West Ham to be illegal state aid, the club may be fined severely. However, it’s not as dramatic as it may sound.
London: Residential estate to replace Upton Park
Newham Council received a planning application for Upton Park redevelopment. West Ham’s home stadium will be replaced by 14 blocks with 838 apartments. Now residents can consult the project.
London: French giant to operate the Olympic Stadium
Vinci will manage the 54,000-capacity stadium for 25 years, according to latest deal with the LLDC and Newham Council. The company expands its stadium portfolio beyond France.
London: West Ham’s great migration begins
The Premier League club announced plans to meet with up to 40,000 people, inviting them to buy sears at the Olympic Stadium. Meanwhile corporate seats are selling out.