London Stadium operator has confirmed that the long-awaited conversion of lower end sections has been completed. Straightened ends are ready for fans, of course as soon as it's deemed safe for them to attend.
London Stadium's official twitter account has released images confirming that reconfiguration of the venue's lower end sections has been complete. Change of shape was first announced over 1.5 years ago.
The operation was advertised as a way of bringing fans closer to the action. The initial curved stands meant many supporters were still away from the field even in front rows, not mentioning the distant upper tier. Today all front seats are along the field, which is an improvement for vast majority of fans. However, some in the upper rows may actually be further away than before.
The new grandstands' primary advantage is, interestingly, economic. The new seating system cost only £5 million, much less than the old lower parts of the Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking stands. Even more will be saved on annual conversions, which are forced by the way London Stadium operates.
Keep in mind, between Premier League seasons the venue is used for athletics and rugby, which means lower stands need to be relocated away from the field. The initial curved stands were extremely costly to dismantle and rebuild. Now about £1 million will be saved annually on the conversion, compared to previous operations (declared to be 4 million annually).
Each of the new lower ends offers under 4,000 seats in 24 rows, plus an additional platform for wheelchair users and their companions. While there is a change in number of seats overall, the permitted capacity shouldn't change, as it's limited arbitrally to the 60,000 threshold.