Mayor of London Boris Johnson has made an historic announcement confirming that West Ham United have reached an agreement with the London Legacy DevelopmentCorporation (LLDC) granting the club the right to become the anchor tenant at the iconic Olympic Stadium.
Supporters have now seen the first images of what West Ham's new 54,000-seater UEFA Category 4 status home will look like when the club moves into it in 2016.
Here, the Board answer many of the questions you may have about the Hammers' move to their new home.
When do West Ham United envisage playing their first game at the Olympic Stadium?
The club intend to kick off their 2016/17 campaign from the Olympic Stadium. It is envisaged that there will be a couple of pre-season test fixtures such as a Bobby Moore Cup friendly ahead of the season start.
What will the capacity be?
When will supporters be able to share their opinions?
Following feedback from supporters we have agreed to appoint a recognised independent company to poll supporters' opinions in relation to the move and conduct consultation. In a message to supporters, Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has confirmed that independent company YouGov have now been chosen to undertake that study. We will provide a further update to supporters on this imminently so look out for information this week that will be published both on whufc.com and distributed via email. We thank you again for your patience throughout this process.
Will current Season Ticket holders be given priority at the Olympic Stadium?
Absolutely. Ensuring we have a fair and transparent migration policy is of paramount importance to everyone at the club. We are keen to work with our supporters as part of our consultation process to make sure we carry this out in the way you would want and expect. Season Ticket holders along with Bond holders are our most loyal supporters and our first priority when it comes to general admission seating. Likewise our existing seasonal Corporate Members will have priority in respect of the new hospitality areas.
Will match tickets be more affordable and accessible?
We are offering up to 100,000 free tickets per season that will ensure some of the most deprived children in the country will gain access to elite sport and drive an increase in sports participation. As a Board we have always been committed to offering affordable family football and the increased capacity opens up so many new opportunities to support this initiative. There will be more affordable seats and more entry level pricing but we are unable to determine more detailed pricing structures at this stage. The move will ensure the club is more accessible to a wider section of supporters and we are confident that our attendances will regularly be in the top five in the country.
Did the club look at the possibility of redeveloping the East Stand?
Yes, and in great depth. First and foremost we could not have achieved a capacity anything like on the scale of the Olympic Stadium by going with this option. There are a variety of reasons why it wasn't deemed to be feasible. It's not just a simple case of investment and growth in respect of the Boleyn Ground, but the surrounding infrastructure simply does not support stadium growth to the level we are seeking. Upon investigation it was clear this was not a viable alternative.
Can we take the 'The Champions' sculpture with us?
Yes, if that's what our supporters want, we certainly have that option. Talks are underway with the LLDC and Newham Council to decide the best option to honour our West Ham and England legends in both locations. We are committed to providing a fitting tribute to the men who played such an important role in the club's history. Ultimately we want our supporters to determine what we take with us and this will form a huge part of our ongoing consultation.
Will the Olympic Stadium site feel like West Ham United's permanent home with a full-time Ticket Office and Club Store etc?
Yes. The stadium will have the look and feel of West Ham's home ground all year round. This includes a fully operating Ticket Office and Club Store managed by West Ham United staff just as is the case at the Boleyn Ground now.
When can we see more artist's impressions and designs?
Three artist's impressions are already available in the public domain. These are the official architects' computer-generated images that have been supplied to us by the LLDC. We also have a series of drawings that demonstrate more fully some of the technical aspects, which can be found on here. These are the drawings which have been shown to key groups such as the squad, management staff, Supporter Advisory Board, Supporters' Club and a number of former players to name a few. Up until this point only physical copies have been available hence why they could not be distributed more widely. We will now share all drawings and images with you as they are generated.
What is the Desso pitch that the stadium will have? Does that mean it's artificial?
Desso surfaces are recognised globally as the optimum in pitch technology and will serve the proposed multi-use functionality perfectly. Desso is currently used at most major sporting venues including Twickenham and the Emirates and the majority of pitches used in the World Cup in South Africa were also Desso. The pitch quality will be second to none with under soil heating, drainage and the all-new Desso field of play. This is the pitch that the Boleyn Ground has had since 1998 where it has on three occasions been nominated pitch of year. A Desso pitch will ensure a consistent surface for the full Premier League season. Head groundsman Dougie Robertson assures us it is a 'phenomenal product'.