They had a rough start but are now getting more cosy at their new stadium. Is it home already? According to co-chairman David Gold it’s starting to feel that way.
In an exclusive interview for Football.London WHU co-chairman David Gold says it now feels much better at London Stadium. The team is doing better on the pitch and Hammers’ supporters finally seem to be getting accustomed at their new home.
Gold said: “I absolutely agree it feels more like home, especially in recent games.
“You have to win a few and we have started to do that now. Wherever you go, whether you have been here 100 years or one year, if you’re losing games they [the fans] are unhappy.
“They want to win games. Two things are happening, we are winning games and we are settling in. It’s feeling like home, we are solving the problems which are inevitable when you move, but we are solving them.”
The issues mentioned included incidents of violence and disagreements regarding standing and sitting between fans, among others. They earned West Ham a lot of negative attention and prevented the team from having increased capacity approved in the past months, but it’s now more friendly. Just this week WHU held a family day at the stadium, which was reported to go very well.
It should be noted that relocation from Upton Park to London Stadium is among the most challenging processes of this kind in recent years. West Ham enjoyed sell-out crowds before and transferring groups of ticket-season holding friends to a new location was a major challenge.
And yet, despite issues with atmosphere, London Stadium is almost always sold out, making West Ham’s average turnout of 56,968 the third highest throughout the league. Regardless of how upcoming Premier League matches end on the field, having a full stadium is not a thing the Hammers will be worried about.