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|
Description: London Stadium
Design by renowned 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.
England: Cutting losses in London thanks to the pandemic
Canceling events does not always bring bad news for the stadiums. According to the last annual report, lack of events at London Stadium helps saving £7.4 million. It still costs London taxpayers a lot on a daily basis.
England: London Stadium introduces new solutions, including cashless payments
Multipurpose venue at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park introduced a few significant upgrades. Cashless payments, sensory room and LED system transformation has been delivered together with return of the fans.
London: Law firm responsible for West Ham deal sued
The owner of London Stadium has filed a professional negligence lawsuit against Allen & Overy, the company responsible for the dramatic 99-year deal with West Ham United.
London: New stands at West Ham ready for use
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.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
London: Stands manufactured, replacement schedule uncertain
This summer West Ham United were due to replace the curved end stands with new, rectangular seating sections. While the structure is ready, the coronavirus pandemic caused timing disruptions.
London: WHU to consult fans on seating reconfiguration
Before the end stands get straightened up, supporters are to have their say. Though the contractor has been appointed, there's still time for consultation.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
London: London Stadium again at big loss, West Ham want athletics out
Latest financial data reveals a massive £28.3 million operating loss of London Stadium for 2018/19. West Ham owner openly asks for athletics to be dropped from the venue while the club is negotiating further capacity increase.
London: West Ham to straighten stands for 2020/21?
After recent meeting of supporters' representatives we know something more about the plan to replace curved goal sections by straight ones. The new structures should be in place by 2020/21.
London: Newham still hiccups after London Stadium
Mayor of the Newham district recently assured there will be further probing of how and why the London Stadium ownership issue became a huge mess, losing taxpayers big money.
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.