The seating is due to be completed in time for the Samoa v Barbarians rugby international that takes place this Saturday – hence the rugby posts!
As you can see, the bridges are now in place but the retractable lacks the West Ham branded tarpaulin which will disguise the gaps between the upper and lower stands.
However, not all Irons supporters are convinced by the new images.
West Ham fan, Shaun Richards, said “Retractable? Looks like scaffolding to me!”
And Spencer Hills quipped: “That curvature in the retractable seating looks bloody horrible… that’s 20 to 30 metres away.”
Architect plans, submitted as part of the planning process, show the gap between the retractable stands behind the goals and the upper tier to be around 24 metres while the West stand will have a gap of around 15 metres.
The East stand gap will be infilled with relocatable seating to create one continuous ‘Kop style’ stand.
Nelson explained to one Hammers fan on twitter “Parts are temporary behind north and South for the match Saturday” while Irons fan Mike Levi also employed at the Stadium added there is “Nothing about it that is retractable, it’s just temporary seating”
However, LLDC have previously strenuously denied these claims suggesting 95% of the final retractable seating solution is now in place and it is close to the final solution for football.
Fans need to make their own minds on the new seating. But I suggest experiencing it for yourself in person by attending one of the seven rugby games over the next few months before making your own minds up.