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Exclusive: OS Retractable seating saga exposed

IMG_8563Here is some exclusive video footage underneath the new East Stand of the London Stadium taken on Sunday. The so called state of the art retractable seating supports are perched on breeze blocks and the scaffolding is held together by cable ties. A big sign under the East stand reminds workers ‘Remember Cable ties when attaching braces’. 

The £20m retractable seating project has been plagued by problems since the main contractor went into administration last year. Stadium owners have bought in experts from around the world for ideas how to redesign the lower bowl seating IMG_8521system but the original concept of being pushed forward on wheels seems a long way off from reality at the moment.

West Ham have been forced to confirm issues in a recent statement about the forthcoming Europa league match on the 4th August. The club revealed on WHUFC.com “The newly-configured East Stand will already be in its final,  football-ready state, meaning Season Ticket Holders in the East Stand will be unaffected and able to sit in their seasonal seats. In other areas of the Stadium where this is not the case, the Club will do everything possible to find supporters the best alternative seats.For those who do not have to access to their regular seats for this fixture, there is also the option of an additional 48-hour window, when all previously unsold Season Ticket seats will become available.

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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

4 comments on “Exclusive: OS Retractable seating saga exposed

  1. If anyone believes a stand will be set on breeze blocks when full of fans come the season start they must be crackers or gullible.
    It wouldn’t get a safety certificate to start with.Im sure some will be stupid enough to believe it though.

  2. Well there is a safety certificate for 54,000 in place and there were no restrictions on Sunday with the East stand. There were over 15,000 runners in the Great Newham run yesterday and each adult runner received two spectator passes each so that could have added to up to 30,000 more. In theory there could have been tens of thousands of spectators who decided to sit in the East stand in Sunday. In reality it was only a few thousand but in theory it must have been safe enough for more or they would have put restrictions in place

  3. Spuds must be ****ing themselves laughing as they look forward to moving into their own new purpose-built stadium 🙁

  4. Could just be temporary as the shift gets underway in the transformation. There could be further adjustments to be added and this is just initial… who knows…

    Maybe the builders have Blue Peter badges…

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