OS standing issue – fans respond


West Ham has suggested the issue of supporters standing in front of their seats at the Olympic Stadium from next season is ‘a stewarding matter’and not one for the club to answer.

The question was asked at the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board on Tuesday evening and was given a “stewarding issue” answer.

Irons fans have been reacting to the whole  ‘to stand or not to stand’ issue. Here’s a sample of their views.

standO I hope you can get get away with it, sitting down kills the vibe

I’m in my 60’s, have a bad back, and won’t be happy if I’ve paid £400 to stand!

O Realistically can they stop 4k + supporters standing? Trying to eject them would result in a riot.

O They should have one designated area, that all who are buying tickets can either choose or avoid, but I suppose that means taking responsibility?

If it’s a case of numbers & safety, maybe area/s where you have fixed ‘bench ‘ style seating-but with lined numbers marked. That would allow control of those that are there, but allow for continuous standing.
Other areas remain single seating to accommodate worn-out, pain-ridden pep, like me?!!

O  It’s not the 70’s. There are far more women and kids now (often little more than toddlers) the game and the whole match experience has changed. We are moving into a world class stadium; stop trying to pretend it will be like the collection of animal pens most of the ground was 40 or 50 years ago.

I prefer to stand. This season i’m in BMU and I don’t enjoy it as much. I think anyone that chooses to sit in BML, or Chav Corner, knows they are going to stand. The difficulty, going forward, is not knowing where the ‘unofficial’ standing areas are going to be. It will take a season or two, to establish this and people will change their seats accordingly.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • johnboy says:

    Does that mean you can’t stand when a goal is scored or are we going to get hippo critical about the discussion ? Logically speaking if a french employee tries to eject me from standing at a game , be it celebrating or otherwise then there’s going to be police involved, lot,s of them , if you get my drift . IMO they are out of their depth in trying to stop people standing !! How did a dirty french company get the contract , who hide their money under their bar of soap ?? Bradys EU contacts in the Tory party!! Why not a British company !!!
    The quicker we are out of the EU the better ! And if Brady doesn’t like it , there’s plenty of french clubs in Vichy that will accommodate her, puppet !!!!!

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