Before it gets demolished, former West Ham stadium suffered from explosions as American action movie is filmed at the stadium. It’s spectacular, but possibly not as spectacular as fans reactions.
Last weekend must have been painful for many West Ham supporters as their beloved Upton Park was damaged by bombs. It’s not the planned demolition yet but part of an American movie production staged here in London.
On Friday and Sunday bombs were detonated inside the stadium, destroying significant portions of seating in the south-west corner. Structurally the building is still stable but the explosions left a catastrophic scenery.
Which is the exact intended outcome for “Final Score”, the $20 million action movie nicknamed “Die Hard in a stadium”. The picture tells the story of terrorists holding 35,000 people hostage and, as is tradition, being dealt with single-handedly by Pierce Brosnan. A cliché from beginning to end.
However, some responses to the explosions were far from cliché. While many fans expressed displeasure with what’s happening to their spiritual home, COYS News gave the story a different caption: “Upton Park currently... Still a better ground than OS...”. Of course this refers to immense chaos surrounding West Ham’s move to London Stadium.
While Upton Park stands deserted since May, the stadium’s fate has been sealed for many months now. It will be demolished after the movie production ends, providing room for large residential development.