London Stadium rejects fake news


WestfieldLondon Stadium operators have reacted to a story by the Sun newspaper headline that “West Ham’s London Stadium seats lie dumped in industrial yard”

A source close to the stadium management company LS185 who spoke to Claret and Hugh this morning laughed off the weekend tabloid story saying the seats had been carefully stored in an agreed area adding they are made out of non-bio degradable plastic so a simple wipe down and refitting would all that is required and they are very confident all would the stadium would be back in football mode by Monday 11th September.

He also rejected a social media report by a journalist which claimed that athletics Stadiumfans had been allowed full access to Westfield shopping centre at all times, unlike West Ham fans. He explained that the same rules and restrictions are in place for athletics fans that are in place for football fans. There are restrictions at peak egress approximately 60 minutes before and after each athletic session.

Finally, he debunked internet myths that the grass area will be damaged by continued punishment by shot puts and javelins making holes during the IAAF World Championships. Again he laughed and said a simple fork underneath the grass would repair the majority of the indents and they expect no problems for the football season. He explained the grass suffered more trauma when it was covered over for the music concert season but it has still recovered well and was now in full growth.  The IAAF world championships finish on 13th August and the stadium owners have 28 days to put back the seats and West Ham branding and signs before the first premier league home game on Monday 11th September.

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  • The Demon says:

    Careful with those shot putt divots – we wouldn’t want young Andy Carroll to twist an ankle.

    Oh, too late…..

  • Carrerageorge says:

    “Carefully stored ” ! I am afraid the Sun seems to have it right as on July 20th I happened to be travelling by DLR from Stratford to Canary Wharf and could clearly see a car park/yard full of West Ham seats and signage.As I sit in theBML I had a particular interest !

  • Hammer64 says:

    Watched a bit of the athletics this week. No doubt about it- it is a great stadium……for athletics. Sorry, I had made a resolution to get over it.

    Mind you, now I have broken the resolution. I saw an article in the paper about Bournemouth. You know the usual drivel about plucky little Bournemouth, players who were 30 seconds away from the Conference, breath of fresh air. Loyal Eddie Howe (well apart from going off an a loyalty break to Burnley). Anyway. Point is, what is their capacity – 11,000? The journo was saying so what- now the TV money is such a big % of PL revenue having a small ground is a minor factor. They have a rich backer plus tv dosh & are spending a fair bit. I also saw a PL prediction thing last week with them above us. I know that means JackS but makes you think. How much advantage does this horrible 50-60k stadium give us. It is more revenue, but if that is a small part of total revenue what was the point? Sorry to drag it all up again. I have sort of accepted it now, but just wanted to get it off my chest.

  • Gaz says:

    The thing is Hammer64 for all of the older ones who dont like it there are also younger fans who prefer it.My boy and his friend think its fantastic and you know what when we are a long time gone they will still be there supporting the team.
    Yes its difficult for some to accept but thats life.We just happen to be the lot who the change has happened with.The next generation will know no different.
    So what im politely saying is give it a rest lol

  • Hammer64 says:

    Well that’s me told! OK Gaz you have put it quite politely & I have said much the same on here myself. You have worked out that I am one of the oldies & I accept it is harder for us. As I said at the end I have pretty much come to terms with it. It is all done & dusted but I think my main point is that it was sold to us as the thing that would make us competitive ( bigger crowds = more revenue= better players) but if revenue from tickets carries on falling as a share of total revenue it won’t. Can’t be changed now I know & overall I back the owners. But if the journo is correct it will have to go down as one of their poorer decisions- & on a big issue too.

  • Radai Lama says:

    So if its a non event why are Spuds & Chelski building bigger grounds & teams like Everton looking to expand or move to a larger stadium.
    There must be a relevant reason for it.
    There again i didnt have all this droppy eyed teary were leaving the old lady feeling either.Im an emotional vacuum 😂😂

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Simple 64 brand and bigging up the bank balance if ever they sell , 200 mill ish 😎
    I’m not whinging , I’m just saying 😂😂 I bet chelski and spuds don’t need byfocals rads 😂😂😂 my seat hasn’t been touched , they keep running out of oxygen before they can reach it😂😂😉

  • Hammer64 says:

    Two reasons Radai. One, most of these plans were made well before the last tv deal. It is not so long ago that gate receipts were easily the biggest source of revenue. Second reason is connected & it’s what Lazarus explains above. Prestige reasons. Connected to the first because you would look pretty silly if you got to the point where the geezers like you have got their building equipment out & the club then change its mind. So there are reasons for doing it, but imo the days when it was the route to the top are gone. That was the one we were given.

    Yeah it would be a funny old world if young blokes like you got all sentimental over football grounds. Maybe it will be different in 40 years time when Sully’s grandson/daughter takes the club back to Green St to a purpose built stadium. A little tear might roll down the Radai cheek then! Lol.

    • Radai Lama says:

      Ffs i still went to UP for over 25 yrs 64.I aint 12 😁
      Nah i will never cry over a structure,no matter what memories it holds.I will leave that to you Barbara Cartlands 😂😂

  • Hammer64 says:

    Just as well. Wouldn’t want a 12 year old doing my repointing!
    Steady on mate I didn’t mean to be patronising-only joking..I didn’t blubber over it as it happens. I realise sometimes you have to move on, just not sure we needed to. But it’s done now so have to look to the future.

  • Radai Lama says:

    I know you wasn’t being patronising 64,i didnt even consider that you were being 😁
    I loved UP it was where i grew up watching my football im just not very sentimental when it comes to things like leaving a football ground.I couldn’t care less where we play tbh as long as i have a few beers & a laugh with my mates on match days.Im easily pleased in life.Give me some beer,beaver & football & im happy 😃

  • Hammer64 says:

    Good philosophy mate! I cannot disagree with any of that, although your appetite for one of those three goes down with age. I won’t spoil your day by by telling you which one, but make the most of em all while the sun shines!

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