West Ham co-chairman David Gold says he understands the fans’ reservations about leaving the Boleyn Ground, but is confident the supporters will soon create a special atmosphere at the Olympic Stadium.
He told Sky Sports News cameras: “I personally felt unsure about leaving this stadium because my life has revolved around this ground from the age of seven.
“So I’ve been reluctant but what I do know is that the memories of the North Bank, the Chicken Runand the Main Stand are still there but the stands have gone.
“It’s going to be difficult to leave but we’re taking our memories with us. And the fans will take the spirit and the emotion to the Olympic Stadium.
“I don’t subscribe to the notion that we’re leaving something behind that we can’t take with us.”