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It would be a horrible place to watch football. The running track has to remain in place until at least 2017 (because of the World Championships).

I sat at the very back on one of the athletics nights and although it was OK for one night, I'd hate to watch football from that distance every other week.

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Is it just me or are the West Ham fans, owners and Allardyce all completely delusional?

Where do they think they're going to magic up a further 35,000 fans from to fill this stadium?

I fking hate West Ham

Two things:

The West Ham fans don't want to move there.

The capacity will be reduced when the stadium is converted.

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The stadium needs a regular tenent because as a London taxpayer I don't want to have to be paying for its upkeep.

If it's West Ham that keep the money coming in then great. If it's someone else, then great. West Ham seem the most likely to make it work though.

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I think it should be kept as an athletics stadium... a truly world class one.

Although as LondonLax alludes to, I'm not sure how much it would cost to upkeep without a permanent tenant?

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Yeah. Its basically a ring of seats with no solid walls around the stadium.

There's no concourse except the outside of the stadium where the toilets are located.

If you're on row 75 (the back) you have to decend and then climb 45 stairs if you want to nip out for a piss.

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Yeah. Its basically a ring of seats with no solid walls around the stadium.

There's no concourse except the outside of the stadium where the toilets are located.

If you're on row 75 (the back) you have to decend and then climb 45 stairs if you want to nip out for a piss.

I think the idea has always been to pull down the top section and rebuild it for a permanent tenant once the games have finished. Presumably adding toilets and catering at that stage.

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  • 7 months later...

West Ham moving to their new 54,000 seater venue in 2016/17. Had a look at a fan poll and 65% were in favour.

 

It annoys me that Gold, Sullivan and Brady have finally got their subsidised stadium.

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Fair play to them for landing it. They can look forward to Sunderland-style crowds - it only took the time period of 1997-2010 before they had the place looking 3/4 full.

Oh and they have to keep the running track. I don't know any Ammers fans here that are in favour of it, but they've just got to lump it.

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Can see West Ham struggling with this move. They don't have the fanbase to fill it (London is already saturated with top clubs, with all the gloryhunters going for Arsenal and Chelsea) and it will be impossible to recreate the atmosphere and intimacy of Upton Park with that running track.

 

Nice to see the "Olympic Legacy" in action, ha ha.

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its all about making a few quid selling off upton park IMO. thats why pornodwarf left blues when it was obvious birmingham city council wouldnt fund a shiny new stadium for them

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