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Claret Carpet day arrives

Today is the unveiling of the Claret and Blue pitch surround and I am told by those who have seen it in person that it looks very good.

Earlier this week I criticised the club for over-hyping the unveiling of the carpet with pyrotechnics and a crowd surfing banner.

Today is also Claret and Blue day which is more about shifting this season’s leftover stock from the club store than it is a celebration of a carpet.

The Hammers have contributed significantly to the cost of this track cover after the previous green one was not deemed fit for purpose by a legal expert determination last year.

Originally when the club loved to the former Olympic Stadium they wanted a green surround to hide the running track as they thought it would make the gaps between the stands and pitch appear much smaller than they actually were. Later Slaven Bilic later argued in his London Standard column that it was a problem for players perception of the playing surface.

Apart from the visual impact of the extra Claret surround today might show whether the gaps do appear larger with a contrasting colour and whether it helps the players define the size of the pitch better.  I will reserve judgement until I see it for myself this afternoon.

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

2 comments on “Claret Carpet day arrives

  1. I actually think having it all green was an advantage to our players because they were more used to that lack of delineation than our opponents, the carpet needed replacing though as it was a health hazard.

  2. Looks good on tv.

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