One of the reasons that West Ham’s new signing Zabaleta was photographed on the London Eye instead of the London Stadium is the stadium currently resembles a building site again. The stadium car park and a section of land outside of Pudding Mill Lane DLR station are full of sections of seats as the stadium is transformed into a music venue ready for June to host concerts for Depeche Mode, Guns N Roses and Robbie Williams.
The first seven rows of seats have been removed from the East Stand while the West, South and North stands have all been pushed back to Athletics mode to reveal the running track as the green pitch surround material is removed.
After the first concert of Depeche Mode on 3rd June operators will install the new LED screens across the whole middle tier where many West Ham flags currently hang. That work will commence on 5th June.
Following the final music concert of Robbie Williams on 23rd June work will then begin to remove all West Ham logos, signs and branding from the stadium including any sponsors to enable a clean stadium for the world Athletics Championships in August.
The stadium operators and owners are legally obliged to return the whole stadium back into football mode and return all West Ham sign, logos and branding before the beginning of September to enable the football season to begin for the Hammers.
I hate this part of having the London stadium.
It’s a shame we can’t just outright buy it and transform it into the proper football stadium it can be.
Thanks Sean lol.
I’m all for buying it Wolfie but I disagree that the stadium should just be used for football. It’s pretty daft that a stadium like this should just be used 23/24 times year. That said I wished we owned it and were in control of these events.
I hope when they put it all back together again for us some more noticeable improvements are made. The electronic boards are good to hide the concrete and the new claret border grass but I also hope they improve the detail to the removable seats to hide the scaffolding etc. Strikes me there are a few improvements they can make quite inexpensivily.
Sean, any evidence that the transformation is being done wicker than previously?
I understand it went very well and ahead of schedule. They used air skates again which sped up the process.
The first seven rows have been removed from the east stand rather than dismantle it to save on costs. The first seven rows weee designed to be removed for baseball but they have decided to use it to avoid moving the east stand. They moved back the south and north stands and have exposed the running track by removing the green Astro turf. They will now protect the running track and the pitch for the music concerts under flooring like the same they used for ac/dc