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Title: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on February 14, 2015, 10:10:26 PM
Was reading through a couple of West Ham sites this morning as well as looking through various stadium plans of the Olympic Stadium. First of all I was surprised and dissapointed to see the changes made to turn it into a 'football' stadium are minimal. Besides the roof and retractable lower tier seats it's exactly the same as when it was being used as an athletics stadium.

Frankly it's going to be a horrendous place to watch football.

(http://s7.postimg.org/x735v1p8r/image.jpg)

Note the massive gaps between the lower tier (in football mode) and the upper tier, such disjointment is likely to kill any atmosphere. According to some West Ham fans that have been privy to the final plans the front row of the upper tier will be further from the pitch than back row of any stand at Upton park. The below picture highlights how far away the fans are going to be from the pitch.

(http://s7.postimg.org/wtp9bj4zv/image.jpg)

Amazingly, fans at Upton park will be closer to the far side goal than fans in the back row of the OS seated behind the goal, will be to the goal closest to them. Fuck knows how they're going to see the far end! It'd be like watching a game at Goodison from Stanley park.

The general consensus from WHU fans seems to be that they've been sold down the river. Initial plans were misleading and flattered to deceive to get people on board. Further investigation into the plans have revealed it won't be what they thought. The seats are to remain black and white in that crazy pattern which has pissed a lot of people off after they were promised seats would be claret and blue. Many have the feeling G&S are setting the club up to sell as opposed to leaving a legacy.

The stadium capacity is also an issue. When converted the OS will hold 60,000 but West Ham only had planning permission for 56,000. Meaning there will be atleast 4,000 empty seats at every match. In my opinion WHU would have no chance of regularly selling over 45k tickets anyway, a 56k capacity for a medium sized club is ludicrous.

Apparently the club have only leased the stadium for 25 days a year too which may be cost effective but just doesn't sound right. Franchises aren't too far away if this is anything to go by. Playing at rented white elephants is guaranteed to drive fans away in their droves.

I'm praying we never end up going down this road.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on February 14, 2015, 10:30:28 PM
Always thought it was going to be a shite football stadium despite the millions being spent to change it. You only need to look at the conversion at Hampden for the Commonwealth Games to A) see how big an athletics track needs to be compared to a football pitch and B) see what a shite atmosphere an oval ground makes especially if there's thousands of empty seats. Even at that, I didn't realise just how far away some of the seats would be.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Ross on February 14, 2015, 10:46:16 PM
One things just occurred to me, we're looking to move stadia because we need more corporate facilities supposedly and want to get more use out of the facility 365 a year, but if West Ham are only leasing it for 25 days a year all there left with is matchday income. Where's their new revenue stream coming from besides corporate facilities on match day?

It's not like us just competing with the shite for business custom obviously in London there's loads of clubs chasing the same dollar and there are a lot more prestiges clubs than West Ham who'll be a lot more accessible to Central London. So what on the face of it looked like bargin could surely turn out to be a millstone round their neck if it doesn't go to plan and they've got no home to call their own, West Ham couldn't afford to buy the land and build another stadium in London.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Mayor Farnum on February 14, 2015, 10:50:09 PM
Will it have a roof? No roof = no atmosphere.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on February 14, 2015, 11:01:34 PM
Will it have a roof? No roof = no atmosphere.

Yes, it will be the largest canvas roof in the world.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on February 14, 2015, 11:06:38 PM
One things just occurred to me, we're looking to move stadia because we need more corporate facilities supposedly and want to get more use out of the facility 365 a year, but if West Ham are only leasing it for 25 days a year all there left with is matchday income. Where's their new revenue stream coming from besides corporate facilities on match day?

It's not like us just competing with the shite for business custom obviously in London there's loads of clubs chasing the same dollar and there are a lot more prestiges clubs than West Ham who'll be a lot more accessible to Central London. So what on the face of it looked like bargin could surely turn out to be a millstone round their neck if it doesn't go to plan and they've got no home to call their own, West Ham couldn't afford to buy the land and build another stadium in London.

From what I've gathered they'll get 100% of club shop earning and 50% earned though catering, no doubt all ticket revenue is theirs too. God knows how much they'll get for Upton park. Their outlay is 2m in rent per season. They'll be in the black for sure but at what cost? Brady, sullivan and gold have sold the clubs soul IMO...the atmosphere will be shocking taking the ambience,  empty seats and distance to pitch into account.

Imagine how bad it'll be when they go down again!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: velimski on February 15, 2015, 02:20:09 AM

It's not like us just competing with the shite for business custom obviously in London there's loads of clubs chasing the same dollar and there are a lot more prestiges clubs than West Ham who'll be a lot more accessible to Central London.

Not sure about that. It isn't much further from central London than the Emirates or Stamford Bridge is.

Proximity to Canary Wharf will certainly help too.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Ross on February 15, 2015, 02:43:14 AM
Not sure about that. It isn't much further from central London than the Emirates or Stamford Bridge is.

Proximity to Canary Wharf will certainly help too.

It was just a guesstimate to be honest just feels easier west to central than central onwards, I just can't see them being the draw that Arsenal, Spurs or Chelsea are when their further away from the nice areas that the tourist and corporates like.

Canary Warfs obviously very close but  if someone says 'I've can get tickets for Chelsea, Arsenal or West Ham this weekend" they'll struggle getting people excited West Ham I'd imagine. Although I suppose that really underestimate people's love of something for nothing!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on February 15, 2015, 12:20:22 PM
Leighton Baines wants to know if there'll still be an Ice Cream man outside.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Simon Paul on February 15, 2015, 04:40:35 PM
to be honest, when I went for the Olympics I thought it was a great stadium that could, if converted right, be a decent football stadium

I was sat quite near the back of the stands and while it was a bit of a struggle to make out individuals on the other side of the stadium, that was countered with big screens

if you're sat in a corner though, then you have no chance of seeing what's going on in the far corner without a telescope

the problem is in the rake of the stadium, it's too shallow which means you're too far away from the action at the back

also completely unsold on the roof.  we live in the UK and a canvas roof will rot quicker than Nick Cotton in a burnt out house.

the business side of it is what would bother me most if I were a West Ham fan though.  25 days a year is 19 Premier League games plus a maximum of six cup games.  Are they not planning on qualifying for Europe of playing more than three rounds of each cup then?  What about replays?  Could lead to all kinds of problems, as well as having very little investment into the site as a whole meaning they will always feel like tenants.

Sullivan and Gould will make a bomb on Upton Park's site though, so what do they care?  They'll sell the club as soon as they've valued Upton Park and moved out.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Sprooly on February 16, 2015, 08:00:53 AM
the business side of it is what would bother me most if I were a West Ham fan though.  25 days a year is 19 Premier League games plus a maximum of six cup games.  Are they not planning on qualifying for Europe of playing more than three rounds of each cup then?  What about replays?  Could lead to all kinds of problems, as well as having very little investment into the site as a whole meaning they will always feel like tenants.

Sullivan and Gould will make a bomb on Upton Park's site though, so what do they care?  They'll sell the club as soon as they've valued Upton Park and moved out.
It's funny how especially Gold seems to talk up how they are life long fans of the club as well, only leasing a stadium 25 days a year? that is certainly a recipe for disaster considering they have been recently talking up champions league qualification and such....
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on June 22, 2015, 03:43:19 AM
Interesting article on the continued costs of refurbishing the stadium and how little West Ham have had to pay for it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33214058
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Major Clanger on June 22, 2015, 04:09:01 AM
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"Taxpayers will be astounded that West Ham have been gifted a stunning new stadium for the same price that they paid for Andy Carroll.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on June 22, 2015, 04:17:00 AM
I fucking hate that they've ended up with this.  Spurs would have been no better though.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on June 22, 2015, 04:24:37 AM
What I don't get is that how tied in to the 99 year lease are they?  In the NFL stadiums are modernised and rebuilt seemingly with around about a 20 year life expectancy.  I know it's different as the cities are vying to keep the franchises there, but it still seems a bit shitty to sign up to a non-football stadium for 99 years.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on June 22, 2015, 04:26:32 AM
I fucking hate that they've ended up with this.  Spurs would have been no better though.

Spurs were going to do it properly and knock the monstrosity down, build a football stadium and pay for it themselves. West Ham can brag all they want though...they'll be contemplating building a football stadium before long. Like juventus and the Milan sides found out, a bigger stadium isn't better when you can't fill it. No way they'll ever be able to fill it for more than a game or two, even in the short term. They don't fill the Boleyn as it is.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on June 22, 2015, 04:27:08 AM
What I don't get is that how tied in to the 99 year lease are they?  In the NFL stadiums are modernised and rebuilt seemingly with around about a 20 year life expectancy.  I know it's different as the cities are vying to keep the franchises there, but it still seems a bit shitty to sign up to a non-football stadium for 99 years.

They'll be sorry they did.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Simon Paul on June 22, 2015, 04:31:12 AM
Spurs were going to do it properly and knock the monstrosity down, build a football stadium and pay for it themselves. West Ham can brag all they want though...they'll be contemplating building a football stadium before long. Like juventus and the Milan sides found out, a bigger stadium isn't better when you can't fill it. No way they'll ever be able to fill it for more than a game or two, even in the short term. They don't fill the Boleyn as it is.

it was boss in there during the athletics for the Olympics

wayyyyy too far from the action for a football match though

when the sprinters were warming up in the far corner of the stadium you could barely tell they were there

for 45 minutes you won't see your side attacking without the help of binoculars
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on June 22, 2015, 04:36:13 AM
it was boss in there during the athletics for the Olympics

wayyyyy too far from the action for a football match though

when the sprinters were warming up in the far corner of the stadium you could barely tell they were there

for 45 minutes you won't see your side attacking without the help of binoculars

Yeah I appreciate it was good for athletics, I was referring to it as a monstrosity in footballing terms. One of the great things about the PL is that the crowd is so involved due to the proximity of the stands to the pitch...this will kill that. Never been to Upton Park but I imagine it can be intimidating (even still) for an opposition player...it'll be the easiest to play in now I imagine. Especially with bumper away allocations.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on June 22, 2015, 04:39:06 AM
Spurs were still going to keep a large portion of the stadium, just make it much more football friendly, and as Eddie says pay for the bulk of it themselves. They were also going to redevelop the Crystal Palace athletics stadium and the area around it to make a 25k seat athletic stadium rather than have their stadium used which makes sense, instead the Crystal Palace stadium is getting knocked down soon.

West Ham have contributed £15m and will pay £2m a year for the stadium, the people in charge have had their pants pulled down, spent millions building, ripping down and rebuilding a stadium that they are getting a couple of million a year rent for the next 99 years. Even allowing for inflation or increases in rent that's still a pretty poor deal for the tax payers.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on June 22, 2015, 05:06:19 AM
Yeah I appreciate it was good for athletics, I was referring to it as a monstrosity in footballing terms. One of the great things about the PL is that the crowd is so involved due to the proximity of the stands to the pitch...this will kill that. Never been to Upton Park but I imagine it can be intimidating (even still) for an opposition player...it'll be the easiest to play in now I imagine. Especially with bumper away allocations.

The way I feel about Upton Park is probably the same as any away fans coming to Goodison.  It's a shit ground with lots of tradition and history in an absolute shithole of an area that no longer suits the modern day 'vision' of a football stadium.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: whirlwind82 on June 22, 2015, 07:30:56 AM
Fuck I hope they go down this year and everyone involved ends up looking like dickheads when they have 15000 people turning up in the championship. This could easily be the ruin of them. The whole things has been played out in such an amateur and underhand fashion from all involved.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Major Clanger on June 22, 2015, 03:42:27 PM
The way I feel about Upton Park is probably the same as any away fans coming to Goodison.  It's a shit ground with lots of tradition and history in an absolute shithole of an area that no longer suits the modern day 'vision' of a football stadium.

Exactly. Upton Park has that rare quality that Goodison has: as soon as you step outside Upton Park tube station and onto Green Street, you can feel there's a football ground nearby (just like County Road), even though you can't see it. Inside the stadium everything is really real, the walls, the stands, the people, even the rather dreamlike affair with the bubbles feels like a dream sequence from your own dream, not someone else's.

And if you ever feel caught up in the illusion of glitzy glamour and the roaring, fist-pumping "passion" you see in Sky ads, you can just take a look around you, a glimpse of the outside world through the corner gaps between the stands, a quick glance at that grim, huge, yellowish-red block towering over the stadium will instantly reconnect you with reality.

So it's easy to see why the powers that be decided there's no place for that kind of thing in modern football.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: JordanianEmbassy on June 22, 2015, 05:54:34 PM
The way I feel about Upton Park is probably the same as any away fans coming to Goodison.  It's a shit ground with lots of tradition and history in an absolute shithole of an area that no longer suits the modern day 'vision' of a football stadium.

I'm totally the opposite. I love going to Upton Park because it retains the atmosphere of a proper football ground. It absolutely pisses on any new ground that I have been to (including the Emirates).

Oh and btw I've spoken to fans of other teams who love Goodison. eg a Coventry fan who somehow ended up at the home game vs Arsenal last season who said it was one of the best "football days" of his life... I guess he knows what its like to lose your proper home due to owners with dubious motives.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: JordanianEmbassy on June 22, 2015, 05:56:00 PM
The whole thing stinks, for various reasons, mainly:

1) The amount of public money that has been spent on this
2) How bad the sightlines will be.

If I was a West Ham fan I'd be totally gutted.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on June 22, 2015, 07:00:57 PM
I'm totally the opposite. I love going to Upton Park because it retains the atmosphere of a proper football ground. It absolutely pisses on any new ground that I have been to (including the Emirates).

Oh and btw I've spoken to fans of other teams who love Goodison. eg a Coventry fan who somehow ended up at the home game vs Arsenal last season who said it was one of the best "football days" of his life... I guess he knows what its like to lose your proper home due to owners with dubious motives.

You'll get an easy split of fans from other teams who appreciate 'classic' grounds.  Coventry fans will appreciate any ground as they're owners left them homeless.  City fans I know still pine for Maine Road, and appreciate the history of Goodison, but having tasted the 'niceties' of the Etihad are swayed.  You can appreciate and love things whilst still admitting that all things considered they're no longer optimal for their current use. 

Tottenham and Villa are the best examples I can think of for classic grounds that go most of the way to meeting modern requirements, but even Spurs are moving on.

I've literally sat behind a post at Leeds, and spent 2 hours convinced I was going to die in a fire at The Dell, but the absolute worst ground I've been to was the Olympic Stadium in Rome.  Its just not a football ground, and you get even less room per seat than at Goodison!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on August 07, 2015, 05:01:21 AM
The deal gets worse for everyone except West Ham the more you read about it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33780720
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on August 07, 2015, 05:12:54 AM
The deal gets worse for everyone except West Ham the more you read about it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33780720

There was a panorama documentary on tonight. It'll probably be on iplayer...they can fucking have it for all I care!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on August 07, 2015, 05:29:20 AM
There was a panorama documentary on tonight. It'll probably be on iplayer...they can fucking have it for all I care!

I'll take a look at that.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on August 07, 2015, 05:34:02 AM
I'll take a look at that.

Apparently the deal is scandalous with WHU actually paying negative rent after me and you pay for the upkeep of the stadium etc. Apparently they could be in breach of some competition fairness rules because WHU are essentially being state funded.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on August 07, 2015, 05:36:47 AM
Apparently the deal is scandalous with WHU actually paying negative rent after me and you pay for the upkeep of the stadium etc. Apparently they could be in breach of some competition fairness rules because WHU are essentially being state funded.

Yeah, I got that impression from the BBC piece. The state are even funding policing etc for matchdays which straight away gives them something no other club gets as they need to pay for that themselves.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on August 07, 2015, 05:40:30 AM
Yeah, I got that impression from the BBC piece. The state are even funding policing etc for matchdays which straight away gives them something no other club gets as they need to pay for that themselves.

Yeah that's how they end up with negative rent with the £2-3m being less than the costs of policing/stadium-pitch upkeep. That's not to mention the extra hundreds of millions it cost US to convert it for West Ham.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: The Analog Kid on August 07, 2015, 06:49:21 AM
Apparently the deal is scandalous with WHU actually paying negative rent after me and you pay for the upkeep of the stadium etc. Apparently they could be in breach of some competition fairness rules because WHU are essentially being state funded.

Sounds like Real Madrid.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Major Clanger on August 07, 2015, 05:12:20 PM
Sounds like Real Madrid.

Who are also under investigation for the same thing.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: The Analog Kid on August 07, 2015, 06:23:57 PM
Who are also under investigation for the same thing.

Aren't they constantly getting bailed out by the king of Spain as it's the team he supports?
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Jimmywhack on August 07, 2015, 06:26:44 PM
Aren't they constantly getting bailed out by the king of Spain as it's the team he supports?
Good for the country and tourism was the old excuse
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: The Analog Kid on August 07, 2015, 06:28:00 PM
Good for the country and tourism was the old excuse

I see. Who does Liz and Phil support then? Probably a German side.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 07, 2015, 09:26:36 PM
Aren't they constantly getting bailed out by the king of Spain as it's the team he supports?

No.

The biggest thing for them was that they sold their training ground to the council for something ridiculous like €300m.

An obviously over inflated price.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 07, 2015, 09:27:12 PM
That was at a time when €300m made a huge difference at that level.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 07, 2015, 09:32:16 PM
Apparently the deal is scandalous with WHU actually paying negative rent after me and you pay for the upkeep of the stadium etc. Apparently they could be in breach of some competition fairness rules because WHU are essentially being state funded.

If they're involved in a deal that isn't considered consistent with the market then they'll have breached the rules.

Of course it'll take a robust judiciary to go against the state when central government want someone in that stadium.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on August 07, 2015, 10:43:36 PM
If they're involved in a deal that isn't considered consistent with the market then they'll have breached the rules.

Of course it'll take a robust judiciary to go against the state when central government want someone in that stadium.

Even if they did get charged with breaching the rules it's one of them things that's probably get quashed on appeal.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 07, 2015, 11:56:31 PM
Even if they did get charged with breaching the rules it's one of them things that's probably get quashed on appeal.

It's a real offence though, not just some arbitrary footballing one. If they got done for it, it'd probably stick.

Just getting them done in the first place would be difficult I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Eddie on September 15, 2015, 11:51:22 PM
WHU being forced to disclose how they managed to get the OS at everyone else's expense....

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/sep/15/west-ham-details-olympic-stadium-deal?CMP=share_btn_tw
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on September 16, 2015, 01:18:32 AM
I know it was a few years ago, but it's mental when you see the cost of the likes of Wembley and the Olympic Stadium yet they managed to build the Millennium Stadium for about £120m. And that includes a retractable roof.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on September 16, 2015, 01:13:01 PM
I know it was a few years ago, but it's mental when you see the cost of the likes of Wembley and the Olympic Stadium yet they managed to build the Millennium Stadium for about £120m. And that includes a retractable roof.

I'm sure on a pro rata basis Juve's new stadium was very cheap compared to Wembley/the OS and that was built to be energy efficient etc so wasn't dumbed down on spec.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Brownie20 on September 21, 2015, 02:04:02 AM
I know it was a few years ago, but it's mental when you see the cost of the likes of Wembley and the Olympic Stadium yet they managed to build the Millennium Stadium for about £120m. And that includes a retractable roof.

That's because we got Dai the Brick to do us a deal.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on September 25, 2015, 01:39:23 AM
Be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like tonight in the rugby world cup. It must be pretty much close to it's finished configuration if they are able to use it. At first glance it looks like the fans are going to be pretty far away for a single tier stadium.

EDIT. Just seem some more, some of the stadium is two tier. One thing that really sticks out is the two stands running along the touchline are miles away from the pitch.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: hill135 on May 09, 2016, 05:59:23 PM
WHU sold 50,000 season tickets for their first season in the OS.

Discuss.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Sir Stealth on May 09, 2016, 06:10:54 PM
WHU sold 50,000 season tickets for their first season in the OS.

Discuss.


I wonder had they not had a good season what the numbers would have been like?

By the way I know everyone else has been fooled by thinking the current West Ham stadium is called the Boleyn ground

Well guess what?i didn't get the fucking memo!

It's always been called Upton Park and quite frankly that's what I'm gonna call the new stadium too

So how do you like those fucking apples?!

Maine Road, The Baseball Ground, Highbury, The Dell etc, when we play away against these teams that's where in my head we are playing them!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Major Clanger on May 09, 2016, 06:29:32 PM
And of course Filbert Street.

I'm eternally grateful that I had the chance to visit Upton Park, one of the few remaining "proper" football grounds. Well, not any more.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on May 09, 2016, 06:34:29 PM

I wonder had they not had a good season what the numbers would have been like?

By the way I know everyone else has been fooled by thinking the current West Ham stadium is called the Boleyn ground

Well guess what?i didn't get the fucking memo!

It's always been called Upton Park and quite frankly that's what I'm gonna call the new stadium too

So how do you like those fucking apples?!

Maine Road, The Baseball Ground, Highbury, The Dell etc, when we play away against these teams that's where in my head we are playing them!

Some of those 'fucking apples' you're comparing are oranges though.  Where there's a physical location change I can rationalise it in my head, but these sponsored grounds changing names will stay as their first sponsor.  This romanticised change of West Ham's from Upton Park is bollocks though.  No one called it anything other than Upton Park for 20 years until a couple of years ago.

Bolton's ground is the Reebok, Wigan's is the JJB, Stoke's is The Britainnia no matter who owns the naming rights next season.  Arsenal's will always be The Emirates.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Ross on May 09, 2016, 06:39:32 PM
It's hardly surprising they sold so many they've been practically giving them away.

Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: claimabstract on May 09, 2016, 06:41:29 PM
Maine Road, The Baseball Ground, Highbury, The Dell etc, when we play away against these teams that's where in my head we are playing them!

I hear Geritol improves memory function.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: ally2 on May 10, 2016, 01:47:50 AM
Upton Park is shit. Those towers!
Title: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Zoolander on May 10, 2016, 01:55:45 AM
Sky are banging on about this constantly now.
Not sure I enjoy being repeatedly told about the great new home we're all footing the bill for, for a team we don't support
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: The Analog Kid on May 10, 2016, 03:28:52 AM
You can see it now, first game of Super Sunday™ is destined to be Leicester (or Liverpool) away at West Ham.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: ally2 on May 10, 2016, 03:31:36 AM
West Ham are soft. Always have been. Always will be. Like Man City - sure you can spend to succeed but look how easy it's been for them to fall off the rails. It's in their DNA.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on August 05, 2016, 02:35:06 PM
https://twitter.com/GeoffArsenal/status/761310924091297792
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Shogun on August 05, 2016, 05:31:12 PM
Too far away from the pitch. I'd be gutted if we moved into that.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Major Clanger on August 05, 2016, 05:34:22 PM
Too far away from the pitch. I'd be gutted if we moved into that.

Particularly from somewhere like Upton Park, which was a proper old school stadium.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 05, 2016, 05:41:36 PM

Particularly from somewhere like Upton Park, which was a proper old school stadium.

Although the stands were actually that close to the pitch after the redevelopment but I know what you mean.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on August 05, 2016, 05:42:52 PM

Too far away from the pitch. I'd be gutted if we moved into that.

The arguments about the temporary seating covering some of the running track ignore the fact that the top tier is still as far away from the pitch as that hasn't moved.

If you're at the back of that it'll be some way from the far side of the pitch.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Ross on August 05, 2016, 07:05:55 PM
The arguments about the temporary seating covering some of the running track ignore the fact that the top tier is still as far away from the pitch as that hasn't moved.

If you're at the back of that it'll be some way from the far side of the pitch.

I read that the front row of the top tier is further away from the pitch than the back row of the furthest stand from the pitch at Upton Park.

People are going to need opera glasses.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: DanDan on August 05, 2016, 07:38:45 PM
Bet the away fans are stuck right at the back! Should get Everton to include a pair of binoculars with every ticket
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on August 05, 2016, 09:26:58 PM
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Halfway back in the upper tier on the side and behind the goal.

The things I do for you lot.  Having to listen to "Oim foweva blowing babbles...." to get these.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Bob Sacamano on August 05, 2016, 11:40:20 PM
Good. I'm glad it's shit.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: ally2 on August 06, 2016, 01:14:23 AM
Looks like an excellent venue to streak
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on August 06, 2016, 01:33:27 AM
Looks like an excellent venue to streak

You'd be caught before you reached the pitch, it's fucking miles.

Looks like half the floodlights aren't on. Did West Ham not manage to get the taxpayers to  pay the leccy bill as well.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: velimski on August 06, 2016, 04:06:59 AM
The stadium itself is quite nice.

Just not for watching a game of football at.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: velimski on August 06, 2016, 04:20:01 AM
Would probably make a decent venue for a day/night game of cricket. Similar to the Gabba is Brisbane or a smaller version of the MCG.

In fact isn't them some talk of Essex playing some T20 games there at some stage?
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Alanvideo on August 06, 2016, 05:26:04 PM
Bet the away fans are stuck right at the back! Should get Everton to include a pair of binoculars with every ticket
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/07/27/every-premier-league-club-could-be-forced-have-a-pitch-side-away/
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Simon Paul on August 22, 2016, 12:36:41 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CqZQCXjWIAErUEx.jpg:large)

it's not even finished!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Jamokachi on August 22, 2016, 04:41:25 AM
it's not even finished!

There doesn't even appear to be a pitch?!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: MmmBlueRamirez on August 22, 2016, 04:58:54 AM
Watching motd just now. Stadium looks and sounds shit.

Ha.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: hill135 on August 22, 2016, 05:11:57 AM
How does a 20 game lease work then? What about the other games they'll expect to play at home?
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: TheRam on August 22, 2016, 05:34:12 AM
They'll regret this.

And I for one can't wait for the absolute disaster this is going to become.

Dildo Dave and Tory slut Brady will soon come crashing back down to earth.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Simon Paul on August 23, 2016, 03:03:28 AM
there are huge gaps between upper and lower tiers, there are empty seats all over the place, you can't see the pitch from anywhere in the upper tiers, and they got had off by Bournemouth fans after the match due to the lack of stewards outside the away end
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Macca77 on August 23, 2016, 06:34:44 PM
there are huge gaps between upper and lower tiers, there are empty seats all over the place, you can't see the pitch from anywhere in the upper tiers, and they got had off by Bournemouth fans after the match due to the lack of stewards outside the away end

There's a couple of videos on facebook, quite a few scuffles outside the ground, cockneys shouting "lets av these cants" about 2 stewards in the area shitting themselves.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on September 11, 2016, 01:38:32 PM
This makes the views at West Ham seem not bad.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/battle-bristol-draws-ncaa-record-crowd-156-990-024118783--ncaaf.html
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on September 11, 2016, 04:05:08 PM
This makes the views at West Ham seem not bad.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/battle-bristol-draws-ncaa-record-crowd-156-990-024118783--ncaaf.html

I'm sure something like the top 5 biggest stadiums in America are college stadiums? Their attendances are amazing.

Bristol's pretty mad as a racetrack as well, it's so short, I think the lap record is under 15 seconds. 
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Alanvideo on September 12, 2016, 04:57:24 AM
There's a couple of videos on facebook, quite a few scuffles outside the ground, cockneys shouting "lets av these cants" about 2 stewards in the area shitting themselves.
...........read an article in one of the Sunday papers ,West Haaaaaams rent includes stewarding etc. i.e. they are like event stewards and maybe not used to football crowds.  It doesn't seem like the move has been a success so far  :snigger:
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Macca77 on September 12, 2016, 11:01:15 PM
Hammers fans fighting eachother inside the ground on Saturday, Oh dear!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Macca77 on September 13, 2016, 10:29:08 PM
Oh dear

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37348308
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: GLewis on September 13, 2016, 10:52:20 PM
This seems to be a bizarre situation.

Seemingly in their rush to get anyone through the turnstiles with cheap family tickets etc. That they've just plonked people anywhere or that they didn't make too much effort to designate parts of the ground as equivalents of their old ground.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on January 03, 2017, 05:56:16 AM
How can someone bid £650m for a club that don't even own a stadium?
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: DanDan on January 30, 2017, 07:21:05 PM
Karren Brady has today come out and said to the West Ham fans, that if you take your Payet shirt back, then you can buy another shirt for £25!!!
The money grabbing cunts!!
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Ross on January 30, 2017, 07:31:32 PM
Karren Brady has today come out and said to the West Ham fans, that if you take your Payet shirt back, then you can buy another shirt for £25!!!
The money grabbing cunts!!

Seems a great deal..

#Payit4Payet.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: nwatson on January 30, 2017, 08:25:22 PM
seems an ok deal.
when i purchased an away shirt with etoo on the back for my son for xmas, i got feck all back from Everton apart from an email stating names are put on shirts at your own risk, when we sold him a few weeks later.
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Goaljira on January 31, 2017, 02:14:25 AM
Karren Brady has today come out and said to the West Ham fans, that if you take your Payet shirt back, then you can buy another shirt for £25!!!
The money grabbing cunts!!

Does it have to be a West Ham one, or can they get a Spurs or Arsenal one instead?
Title: Re: Olympic Stadium
Post by: Gash on August 06, 2017, 05:04:30 PM
Another of the drawbacks to this agreement. No pre season games at the stadium, first 3 league games away from home and don't have their first home game until 11th September due to the World Athletics Championships.