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.
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.
London: West Ham hope to gain 3,000 seats
They enjoyed occupancy of over 99.9% during their first season at London Stadium, now West Ham hope to have additional 3,000 seats available for the 2017/18 campaign.
As stadiums undergo a makeover, these ones got left behind
Everton have become the latest Premier League club to be given the go-ahead to build a new stadium. Liverpool City Council have given approval for a £300 million new stadium, on the basis that it will form part of a city-wide bid for the Commonwealth Games. Should the plan come to fruition, Everton will be leaving their iconic home since 1892 – Goodison Park is one of the oldest purpose-built football grounds in the world.
London: Cost increase to be explained by the summer
According to Sky Sports, an accountancy firm has been named to investigate the rising cost of London Stadium conversion. Results should be revealed to the Greater London Assembly by June.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Jury Award Winner – London Stadium!
Making the best out of a bad situation is more than the usual design challenge. After London’s U-turn in Olympic Stadium legacy architects and engineers have done the impossible.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Reason 14, London Stadium
This stadium may be a reason to vote both for it and against it, that’s how high emotions it raised. Still, in terms of engineering it’s a masterpiece, even if West Ham fans need time to accept it.
London: London Stadium finally more like a home to West Ham?
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.
Stadium of the Year 2016: Join the global vote!
It’s time to make your voice heard and select the best stadium opened in 2016 around the world. Public Vote is now open and will last until March 4.
London: Latest developments at London Stadium
It’s been a busy time for West Ham’s new stadium. Criticised for increasing costs, it’s also close to hosting the 2019 Cricket World Cup and expected to further boost WHU revenue…
Stadium of the Year 2016: Name your nominees!
For 10 days you’re welcome to share your favourite stadiums opened in 2016. We know of over 30 stadiums eligible for the competition, now let’s see your candidates.
London: Part of London Stadium’s price inflation explained
LLDC chief executive testified to explain the recent £51 million hike in conversion cost of London Stadium. David Goldstone remains convinced that the stadium is a great venue for all its purposes.
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
London: “Knock it down and start again”
British stadium expert gave a simple choice for London Stadium: either you tear it down or it’s going to deliver poor matchday experience for decades.
London: West Ham documenting their stadium move
Karren Brady has announced West Ham are producing a film documenting their move to the London Stadium. A Eurosport.com report.
London: West Ham’s pattern of own goals
Won only one game and are in relegation zone. But don’t mind Premier League, West Ham are doing even worse with their fans recently, only adding fuel to already big fire.
London: Hammers fans dilemma – to sit, stand or fight?
Thousands of fans continue to “persistently stand” despite threats of ground eviction. Tensions resulted in actual fights at London Stadium on Saturday.
London: Successful debut of London Stadium
Less than two day before official opening sell-out crowd tested the new home of West Ham. And, perhaps surprisingly, London Stadium exceeds expectations rather than failing to live up.
London: West Ham’s final countdown begins
We’re just 7 days away from West Ham’s first official game at the London Stadium (temporary name). Despite great effort, the building won’t be complete by next Thursday.
London: It’s the end for Upton Park
Tonight’s game against Manchester United ends 112 years of history at Boleyn Ground for West Ham supporters. As the club moves to the Olympic Stadium, it sets new record for season tickets.
London: WHU and Juventus to open Olympic Stadium
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.