London Stadium (Olympic Stadium)
|Clubs||West Ham United FC|
|Cost||£ 486 million (2012), £ 323 million (2016)|
|Design||Populous, Buro Happold|
|Contractor||Sir Robert McAlpine|
|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.
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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.
London: Olympic Stadium more claret and blue
Field is getting greener while the seating layout is almost completely redone already. West Ham was granted planning permission for club megastore and naming rights deal is reportedly very close.
London: West Ham’s stadium deal revealed
Despite efforts to keep it confidential, the LLDC was forced to publish all contents of the contract which grants West Ham United 99-year tenancy at the Olympic Stadium. Check out the numbers.
London: Major updates on Olympic Stadium
Season ticket demand is skyrocketing and capacity will thus grow to possibly Premier League’s second largest stadium. West Ham also boast about Europe’s largest HD screens, though they fall well short…
London: West Ham want to increase Olympic Stadium capacity
Though they haven’t even played one game there, West Ham United are already hoping to increase the capacity of Olympic Stadium in football mode. It could exceed 60,000.
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London: Taxpayers to benefit from Olympic Stadium? Barely
“Small profit is better than none” seems to be the attitude of London Legacy Development Corporation. The public entity will have just £200,000 left after expenses next year.
London: Stands moved closer, opposition growing
London Olympic Stadium’s retractable stands were moved closer to the field. Also campaigners against West Ham’s deal are moving closer to their goal. In both cases: not too close.
London: West Ham struck gold? Yes and no
BBC reported that West Ham won’t be paying for policing, stewarding, pitch care or even goalposts at the Olympic Stadium. The club took counter-offensive, but… didn’t deny any of these revelations.
London: Olympic Stadium reopened after roof reconstruction
Yesterday app. 17,000 runners literally ran a test of the Olympic Stadium after its roof and stands were revamped. Having studied messageboards and social media, we consider the feedback positive.