London Stadium (Olympic Stadium)
|Clubs||West Ham United FC|
|Cost||£ 486 million (2012), £ 323 million (2016)|
|Design||Populous, Buro Happold|
|Contractor||Sir Robert McAlpine (2012), Balfour Beatty (2016)|
|Address||103-113 Marshgate Ln, Stratford, London, United Kingdom|
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Description: London Stadium
Design by renown architects of Populous was presented in Nov 2007, long ahead of 2012 Olympics, for which the venue was the centre point. Along with legacy plans accepted by the IOC it was to have capacity of 80,000 during Games and 25,000 afterwards, with athletics track left intact. Upper tiers of seating were to be recycled.
Regular construction works started in May 2008, but preparatory works date back to mid-2007. Along with progress of the huge project in Stratford numerous controversies were raised for aesthetic, financial and political reasons. Main structure was ready in 2011, but opening of the venue was delayed until May 2012.
During construction legacy plans were changed with football use being the preferred future and West Ham United the preferred tenant. Despite numerous protests, the selection was sustained and in 2014 reconfiguration began to make the stadium as suitable for football as possible.
This includes installation of the world’s largest cantilever roof, retractable lower tiers and permanent sanitary/commercial infrastructure around the stands. All of these efforts were chosen to allow maximizing revenue for Premier League fixtures and also host athletics events in the summer.
London: Claret carpet to be unveiled on Saturday
London Stadium is expected to feel more and more like home. On Saturday it will first welcome fans with claret colour and WHU symbols around the field.
London: West Ham shows new straightened end zones
Instead of curves, London Stadium will offer new, straight lower end zones. While advertised as improvement for supporters, the move should rather be seen as way out of the biggest structural issue of the building.
London: West Ham honour Billy Bonds with east stand
With almost 800 games for West Ham United, Billy Bonds is one of the Hammers' most celebrated players. Now he's getting a stand with his name at London Stadium. Report by BBC.
London: WHU aiming for 66,000 seats
On the day when both sides were supposed to meet in court over one more issue, they reached an agreement. No more capacity limits imposed on West Ham and the prospect of reaching 66,000 seats sooner than later.
London: West Ham would gladly buy London Stadium, but...
The Premier League club would like to take full control of London Stadium, however not under current conditions. Particularly not as long as the running track is used, according to vice-chairman Karren Brady.
London: Taxpayers' costly ordeal with London Stadium
The legal battles between LLDC and West Ham United alone has cost taxpayers £4 million already, not mentioning upkeep and prognosed losses reaching £140 million over the first decade in operation. And it's been that way since 2004...
London: Further feud around London Stadium
As tension rises again, LLDC and West Ham both seem to forget that their public arguments continue to scar London Stadium's image. Is there even a winner in this latest conflict?
London: Changes coming to West Ham stadium
Perimeter of the football field will be repainted from bright green to, most likely, claret. This will not only represent WHU colours, but also improve visibility for players.
London: London Stadium spent almost £450,000 on naming rights
Instead of getting a partner and gaining money, the loss-generating stadium only spent a significant amount on the search. Which comes on top of already bad financial estimates.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
London: West Ham in legal dispute over capacity
The Hammers and stadium owner LLDC will go to the High Court in November to resolve their London Stadium capacity dispute. The disagreement concerns revenue from additional seating.
London: West Ham see record profit at London Stadium
First full season at the new location brought significant increase in revenue for West Ham, despite poor performance on the field. The Hammers have revealed today how much they earned over the last fiscal year.
England: How much are PL naming rights worth?
To secure a naming rights deal in Premier League you only need £300,000 per year. But to buy the most expensive name it's 87 times that amount! Here's the latest valuation by Duff & Phelps.
London: Athletics in new format at London Stadium
A new World Cup event featuring eight of the top nations will take place at the London Stadium on July 14 and 15 this year, British Athletics has announced.
London: Mayor impatient over delayed report into London Stadium excess cost
Sadiq Khan has voiced his upset after the findings of an inquiry into the London Stadium’s finances were delayed by four months.
London: Newham stadium loan never to be recouped?
The challenged London borough contributed over £44.4 million to effectively get 35% stake in London Stadium. That loan is now considered damaged, which means it might never be recouped.
London: No, atmosphere at London Stadium won't improve
London's latest stadium will see its season opener as late as last week and we already know that protests are being planned for the game. One of the causes is the stadium itself.
London: Olympic Stadium won't be sponsored by betting companies
Come the 2017/18 Premier League season, the search for naming rights begins again in London. However, London Stadium will not be sponsored by any betting company in order not to cause conflict with West Ham's sponsor Betway.
Major bookmakers as football club sponsors
There used to be a time when football was all about the sport but times have changed and like in most other industries, money has become a very important factor.