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Critics slam London Stadium

The London Stadium has come in for bashing from journalists this week just days after Spurs opened their new stadium with gushing reports from the media.

First came Henry Mance in the Financial Times who said “You simply cannot be a big club with a 36,000-seater stadium,” said the Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy. He’s probably right, although you certainly can be a small club with a 60,000-seater stadium, as West Ham, the inheritors of the Olympic stadium, prove. In the future, who knows what being a big club will require.

Next came Sun reporters who voted the London Stadium the worst ground in the Premier League while giving the new Spurs stadium the top spot. Dave Fraser wrote in the SunWe asked our team of reporters – who spend their weekends camped inside the country’s top grounds – to rank all 20 Premier League clubs’ stadiums on everything from atmosphere and aesthetics to food and fans.”

They scored London Stadium 20 out of 20 with a score of (4.92/10) saying   “BRINGING up the rear, it’s West Ham’s new home – the London Stadium.

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The only stadium to score under five out of ten, Paul Jiggins calls it “the worst example of football gentrification.” He continues: “The London Stadium has ripped the soul out of one of football’s most vibrant clubs.”

Claret and Hugh say: One would assume these reporters spend the majority of their time in the press box with their free food and refreshments, I am not sure what they know about the atmosphere, food and fans from their cushy media centre positions. It seems at times there is an orchestrated bias against the London Stadium because of the amount of taxpayers money spent on it and the politics around it.  This year’s London Stadium survey filled in by thousands of match going fans shows perceptions are improving as West Ham get used to their new home three years in. There is still much to do but to suggest the London Stadium is worst than Selhurst Park is plain daft and suggests an agenda from the written press.

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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

5 comments on “Critics slam London Stadium

  1. Its a combination of things, lets be honest with a lot of disgruntled fans the place was toxic for a while, luckilly most have either decided not to come or have gradually changed their opinions, unless those reporters attend every match its not worth second guessing their opinions. There would also be questions of who they support and whether we have ruined some of their seasons… I personally couldn’t give a monkeys what they think, it doesn’t affect the way I feel about our club or our fans COYI !!!

  2. There’s plenty worse Sean not just palace even the vitality stadium what a daft name holding max 10k and empty today watching the match shows the small clubs are far worse than the bigger ones just the media having a go on our club as it was to them a freebie stadium given to us. Yes spurs ground looks superb and best maybe in the world of football now but should be when costing 1billion eh.

  3. You question what the journalist knows, when he clearly states “The London Stadium has ripped the soul out of one of football’s most vibrant clubs”.

    But don’t question it when he called us “one of football’s most vibrant clubs” seems to me he knows much more than you’re giving him credit for, or does it only work one way?

  4. That’s a cop out, so they’ve heard we’re one of “footballs most vibrant” on social media too?

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