London: WHU and Juventus to open Olympic Stadium
source: StadiumDB.com; author: michał
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.
West Ham United revealed their rivals for the Olympic Stadium reopening. On August 7, 1pm local time, the reigning Italian champions Juventus will play against new 99-year tenants of the stadium.
As it turns out, both teams never faced one-another despite being established back in the 19th century! This means that the friendly Betway Cup game will be their first ever match.
Opening ceremony will open a new era for the stadium, now ready to accept no less than 60,000 people. It’s been under reconstruction since 2013, following the 2012 Olympics. In the current mode all lower tier stands are moved closer to the field and will only retract back when large athletics events are held.
The project also included numerous amenities built for fans, both regular matchgoers and clients of the hospitality zones. On top of the changes, literally, is one of the largest cantilevered roofs, spanning 84 meters inside the stadium.
At present it’s estimated the reconstruction will end with a price tag of £272 million ($390m), representing a massive hike from the initial 195 million budget. Adding to the controversial spending, West Ham United only contributed £15 million to the project.