Originally known as the Olympic Stadium for obvious reasons, the London Stadium’s construction began back in 2008 and was completed well in time for the 2012 London Olympics at a huge cost of over £600million in today’s money.
West Ham moved into the stadium following its conversion to host football games having left Upton Park in 2016, though their tenancy of the London Stadium has always been controversial with Leyton Orient owners believing they will essentially steal future fans of their club. The conversion alone cost a further £274million.
The stadium can host concerts with up to 80,000 people attending and its versatility is part of its wonder given that it can host rugby, athletics and even cricket or baseball among other events.
The Hammers though remain what the stadium is now famous for with a huge ‘West Ham United’ logo lit up above the stadium for the whole city to see.
As for the football playing surface; undersoil heating is of course used for West Ham meaning games are not called off due to snow and ice while the pitch is made up of both natural grass and synthetic fibres woven together.
The stadium can pack in 60,000 for football matches which is all it is allowed, though in theory 66,000 could be accommodated and that is something club directors are chasing.
The London Stadium is a bowl-like shape with the four main stands joining up. They are the Bobby Moore Stand to the north, the East Stand, the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand and then the West Stand.
Away Fans At The London Stadium
Away supporters are housed in the south west corner of the stadium in two tiers of the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand. A standard 3,000 away tickets are allocated for league games but this can change for cup competitions.
Adult prices for Premier League games can vary from £25 – £40 for Category C games, £30 – £60 for Category B and £50 – £80 for Category A. These categories depend on the level of opposition or time of year the games take place.
Those wishing to enjoy hospitality at the London Stadium must register their interest with the club to receive accurate and up-to-date pricing information.
The Arnold Hills and Royal East lounges are part of the club’s Platinum Experience while a series of premium restaurants and bars also offer matchday packages around the stadium, all with excellent views of the action.
How To Get To The London Stadium
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the stadium is situated, is only around 3½ miles from the City in Stratford which has plenty of transport links with the rest of London as well as further afield.
The Tube runs to Stratford on various lines including the Central Line and the stadium itself is just a 10-minute walk from there. Train links into London from all directions can connect with the Tube too making it an easy venue for those outside of the city.
Drivers are not encouraged to take cars to the London Stadium and traffic is exceptionally busy at most times in this area.
Having already raised the capacity from 57,000 to 60,00 since taking over as the main tenant on a 99-year lease of the stadium, West Ham are looking to increase this further to 66,000 but are currently embroiled in a row with the owners over operating costs involved in this.