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London Stadium

London,

Home of the West Ham United FC

3.9

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London Stadium (map it)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London, E20 2ST
England


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Year Opened: 2016

Capacity: 60,000

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After 112 years at the Boleyn Ground, West Ham moved into the London Stadium in August 2016. Their new home is located in Stratford, a district of the London Borough of Newham in East London, England.

The construction of this ground officially began on May 22nd, 2008 as the stadium was built for the 2012 Olympic Games. At the Games there were 80,000 seats available in the stadium, making it the third largest venue in the United Kingdom. After the Games the ground was known as the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

It took a couple of years for a new tenant to be found. London-based clubs West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Leyton Orient were possible candidates to move to the former Olympic Stadium. On March 22nd, 2013, it was announced that West Ham would be the new tenant and would play their matches there from the start of the 2016/2017 season.

Over the last two years the stadium has been rebuilt to make it look like a decent football stadium. The running track was removed and the stands in the lower tier were brought closer to the pitch. Unfortunately the architects came up short as the distance from the action is still too far away. In the summer of 2016 the stadium was renamed once again to London Stadium. Nowadays the stadium has a capacity of 60,000 seats.

The first match to be played by West Ham United in the new stadium was against NK Domzale in the Europa League on August 4th, 2016, but the official opening was three days later when Italian giants Juventus visited. Before kick-off there was a fitting opening ceremony of the London Stadium with a 30-minute show, highlighted by the opening of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand and the Bobby Moore Stand - both are named after iconic West Ham United players from the past.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are plenty of counters outside and inside the stadium where you can buy a wide variety of food and drink. Prices, however, are above average. Hot drinks such as coffee and tea are sold for £2.40 while various sodas are served from £3.50. Besides hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza slices you can also buy nachos with chili beef for £5.50. Chocolate grab bags like M&Ms or Maltesers will cost you £3.30 each.

Atmosphere    3

London Stadium looks very impressive from the outside. When walking towards it, you see its greatness. The name West Ham United in large letters on the roof is clearly visible from far away. While inside the ground, London Stadium looks impressive as well. The stadium has 90 percent white seats and 10 percent in claret and blue, the West Ham United club colours.

When you take a closer look, you will see that the first tier, built on top of the former first tier of the Olympic Stadium, consists of temporary stands. As London Stadium will be used occasionally as an athletics venue this situation will remain permanent. By choosing this option fans are really too far away from the pitch which is not what you expect when you visit an English football stadium. Due to the large roof, the acoustics inside the ground are very good.

Neighborhood    2

The ground is located at the former Olympic Park, but there is not much to do in the close vicinity. There are a number of eating places and restaurants within the nearby Westfield Shopping Centre and some of them serve alcohol. Near Hackney Wick station are two bars (the Crate and the Howling Hops). In the centre of Stratford itself there are a few pubs as well but these are located further away from the ground. This is something which definitely has to be developed in the former Olympic Park area in the near future.

Fans    5

Just like the club, West Ham United fans are nicknamed Hammers. Founded in 1895 as Thames Ironworks - which inspired the hammers on the club crest - and reformed in 1900 as West Ham United, the club has a large fan base full of tradition. The fans are rightfully proud of the history of the club. Most fans are dressed in claret and blue home shirts when attending a match. The most fanatical Hammers fans are located in the Bobby Moore Stand and are very vocal during home matches.

Access    4

London Stadium is designated as a 'public transport destination,' so you're better off not going by car. There are a few parking spaces available at the ground but are all reserved, while most of the street parking in the area is for residents only. In the nearby area of London Stadium are three railway stations (Hackney Wick, Stratford and Stratford International) which are all around 10 to 15 minutes' walk from the ground. Stratford Station is the main station in the area and has an underground connection to both the Jubilee and Central underground lines. This station is situated next to the huge Westfield Shopping Centre.

Return on Investment    4

The prices for food and drink are above average, and tickets for a Premier League home match are rather expensive and difficult to get. We were lucky to attend the official opening match of the London Stadium against Juventus paying £25.00 for our ticket for a seat in the 2nd tier behind the goal (binoculars not included). We got a good opening ceremony included, saw five goals and a 3-2 Juventus win.

Extras    5

You can book a stadium tour and visit the Hammers' iconic new home with a look behind the scenes at London Stadium. With a self-guided interactive tour guide to lead the way, you can see for yourself how the home of the London 2012 Olympic Games became the impressive new home of West Ham United. Tickets are rather expensive at £17 when booked in advance, and even more so if you pay on the day, when a tour will cost £19 per adult. West Ham United has a large club store on the perimeter of the ground where fans can purchase the widest range of Hammers-related clothing, merchandise and accessories.

Final Thoughts

When you visit the great city of London and have some spare time left, then it's surely an option to visit an English football match. There are 13 clubs in the London area playing league football, so to be honest I would choose another stadium to visit other than London Stadium. English stadia should have stands which are steep and close to the pitch, but unfortunately London Stadium has neither. Nevertheless, the club and its fans are great.

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