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As I type I am inside the Olympic Stadium alongside the run up to the long jump. Sorry to disappoint the nay Sayers but Gold, Sullivan and Brady are right. It is a fantastic view from where I am and the pitch doesn't look far away. Think wembley with dog track and it's closer.
I'll report more over the weekend. COYI ! This must be our new home !!
My youngest son was there today watching the athletics. He said the security was mad, armed police everywhere, spectators being herded through umpteen security checks and so on. He said he took one wrong turn and ended up in the competitors area
So much for security.
Don't be ridiculous mate, the distance from pitch to seats is completely unworkable as the stadium is now!
The old Wembley was a complete joke in that respect aswell - saw so little of every match I ever attended there... doh!!!
Babooska, are you in the Stadium? I am and the view is good as it is. You have to be here.
As for security. I live in Stratford I left home at 6pm was at the Park by 20 past and was through security in 5mins!
We will all have different experiences, but these are mine.
the rake of the seats in the lower tier makes the view crap, from the front row of seats to the pitch is 147 foot and with the rake it makes it hard to see any action on the far side of the pitch, polish a turd and it's still a turd,
Luckily it's not about you, it's about our future support and what will make us appealing to the younger generation. We are hooked (our generation) so for all the stubbornness if you are truly 'Forever West Ham' you won't be able to let go.
It's all bark from the against's.
I am on the way back home from going to the athletics event tonight. Easy enough to get in and views are OK in that you can see all the pitch. However, I can't see how any atmos can be created when you only have a half filled stadium (lets face it, we aren't going to attract 60K every week) and there is a running track in the way. Looked a bit flimsy too without any external cladding around the structural frame outside.
Edit: having thought about it overnight, whilst there are good things about the stadium, it lacks that thing that a good stadium should have and that is character ...there is nothing really to make it distinctive. OK, the lighting rigs are a bit different but inside, I could have been at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona, Munich, or Rome. That, and the distance from the pitch makes me hope that I never have to go and watch us play home games there.
I was at the opposite end in the pics below and about 3 rows from the back.
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Went to the stadium last night. Pleasant experience. Disappointing outside. Scale impressive inside, though bland.
Row 70 of 75 in the Upper Tier. If anyone watches football up there they will need binoculars. Similar to Wembley right at the back in the Gods. OK for a big occasion like an International or Cup Final, just to be there, but nobody in their right mind would watch club football on a regular basis from that sort of distance.
I have read some posts about photos distorting the distances but the daytime photo above is a very fair representation of the actual view, from behind the goal. The view from the back at the halfway line is much the same. We did not go in the Lower Tier so cannot comment on that.
Arrangements for entry, food and drink, etc were temporary so no point commenting, apart for the access bridges which might be too restrictive when trying to accommode a full house. The bogs were convenient.
A sizeable part of the best viewing position on one side is taken up with the media areas eg commentators/jour
nalists areas, interview/athlete mix zone etc. Loses two/three thousand seats? Presumably that would stay at least to 2017.
It isn't a suitable football stadium, nor ever could be imho.
the 2 Daves aren't moving for football reasons, it's all about the increase in corporate sponsorship, there's more money to be made in E20 than E13. More detail and money will be spent on the corporate boxes than on us fans, I can't understand why any fan would want to move to an athletic stadium, moving from the Boleyn will be the end of an era and a lot of us will give up our season tickets, just look at the photos, why would you want to watch tiny little dots playing football ? People might call me unloyal for giving up my season ticket, however I think anyone who wants to move to an athletic stadium ain't a true football fan.
I was at the Olympic stadium last night. Sat in the lower tear, the closest seating to the pitch by the corner flag. I have to say, it was a shocking view, i have also been to mont juic in barcelona and the equivalent view is superb. I totally agree with Ironmaiden123 with what he said. Imho it will be a relatively successful athletics stadium but unfortunately can never be a football stadium.
Will upload pictures later.
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