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Bulldozers move into London Stadium

Bulldozers and earth movers have moved into the London Stadium to transform it into a baseball park. Tons of sand has been laid on the protective plastic on top of the pitch to create a ballpark for the MLB London Series.

The London Stadium is the first venue in Europe to host Major League Baseball. The MLB’s London Series 2019, will see the sport played in the UK for the very first time, as part of a double-header between baseball’s two most-famous teams over the weekend of 28 and 29 June 2019.

Baseball requires a unique configuration which will add extra costs to transform the venue and the MLB have been given preference rental rates to attract them meaning the event is likely to lose more money. In a double whammy, the music concert season has been shorter this summer missing out on further potential revenue which could have helped reduce losses. The project has been described as a vanity project for the Mayor of London by one insider with no real business case.

About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter
 

16 comments on “Bulldozers move into London Stadium

  1. Who is going to watch a bunch of slightly overweight middles aged men play a game of rounders?

  2. Give it to the baseball team permanently and let’s move back to our spiritual home at Upton Park …. oh we can’t … our wonderful owners have ripped out our soul and renamed us West Ham London ,made a tasty profit from the sale of Upton Park , ,made false promises of next level football,zero silverware in 3 seasons , not even a decent cup run In that time … wake up people , these porn merchants have sold our soul .

    • Belt up ian, half of the premier league teams are moving or have moved to new stadiums, it was a free hit, it’s not perfect, but transforming Upton Park plus the tube station would have cost hundreds of millions that we haven’t got. And all this talk of silverware, get real, there’s 3 things to play for and teams far more well equipped than ourselves, there’s no divine right. Last season when people weren’t leaving after 30 mins we had some great games, and some typical West Ham games, that’s how we roll

      • Well put Tommo

      • Well said Tommo.

      • Tommo is spot on.

        ANY owner with at least some focus on business (theres not many that are money no object) would have done what our owners did put in the same position.

        Next level for us is not battling relegation 3 out of every 4 years and consolidating consistently in the top half.

        Maybe not what we want in an ideal world, but that’s the reality. The owners have likely taken as far as they can since they dont have deep pockets by modern football standards, but theyve got a manager in to get us olaying good football, have backed off transfer control and he’s building a team of technical players, and we’re starting to have a go at anyone we play against.

        All we need to add as far as I can see is the attitude that the cups are as important as the League and not there for the second string to have a run out.

        The stadium is slowly improving, will always lack certain things that it was always going to lack, but was necessary and the only viable move to make long term.

      • Well said tommo
        Ian you are looking through rose coloured glasses.
        The LS is not perfect but neither was the boleyn.Anyway it is not there anymore so move on.

    • I think forever whinging about the London Stadium does nothing in the slightest except to help your obvious manic depression.
      I love my Hammers as I have for the last 56 years, my passion over that time has not dwindled (its had its ups and downs) never dwindled. One day some sheikh with dollars coming out of his earholes will whisk us away to the dizzy heights of the champions league, but until that day even if we had to play our home games at Tilbury Towns soulless ground. I’m Westham till I die

  3. As much as i would have loved us to stay at the boleyn ground it was sold out every game and little room to expand it.
    The next generation of supporters were never going to get tickets and they would have gone elsewhere for their football so in the long term the club would suffer so really there was no option but to move to a bigger stadium.

  4. Tommy
    Exactly right

  5. Let’s hope they have the pitch back to normal by the first game of the season. Wembley took a pasting when they played American Football there and it took awhile to get it back to normal.
    A loss making game rounders, oh dear. £300 quid for a decent seat I’m told?
    No doubt they will remove as much West Ham as they possibly can from the stadium before the first game? It hurts when I see it.
    Still it will be a day out for the Yanks stationed in Suffolk/Norfolk.

  6. Great news! The mayor of London makes the stadium lose even more money. At this rate Newham council will pay WHU to take it off their hands. Carpet sale anyone?

  7. Well what do you expect when you don’t own your own ground, only rent it!

  8. Goodness! Just read the headline and thought they were knocking the LS down for a minute. That would no doubt please some …. Anyway, roll on Man City. As DG would say – “Carn’t wait” ! COYI.

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