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.
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.
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.