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No inherent issues with stadium, says LLDC chief

Filed: Thursday, 6th September 2018
By: Staff Writer

London Legacy Development Corporation chair Sir Peter Hendy has told the London Assembly that the Olympic Stadium is perfectly suitable to host Premier League football.

Despite West Ham losing more than 10,000 season ticket holders since moving from Upton Park to Stratford in 2016, and many thousands more fans registering various complaints on web forums and social media since, Hendy says he is satsfied that the stadium is completely adequate.

Hendy, speaking at this morning's London Assembly

Speaking this morning at the latest London Assembly the LLDC chief cited new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini, who recently argued that he was yet to experience any obvious problems with the stadium - despite West Ham having played just two matches in it since his appointment.

"There's an impression around in some parts of the media, at least, that somehow this is an unsuitable football stadium," Hendy told his fellow Assembly members during an LLDC q&a session.

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"I was delighted to read that the new West Ham manager said: ' don't know why this stadium has to be difficult, I don't see any reason why this has to be difficult. The pitch has the same measurements, the grass is in very good shape, the atmosphere with 55,000 is great, the stadium is not an excuse'.

"He goes on to laud the new stadium. I'm saying that it's good to have an endorsement from someone who actually manages the football team and it is actually suitable for purpose."

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