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Thursday 21 November Updated Wednesday 18 February

'It will be a bit special'

Lifelong Hammer Mark Noble is excited by the prospect of stepping out at the Olympic Stadium in front of 54,000 fans in 2016.

The midfielder was present to witness a significant milestone in the transformation of the iconic venue to a football stadium on Wednesday, when work on taking down the existing floodlight towers was set to begin.

Noble could visualise the atmosphere and thinks time will fly ahead of the Club's move.

"It will be a bit special to turn out here in front of 54,000 supporters," he said. "When we played at Wembley in the Play-Off final, the noise increased with that many fans - it was unbelievable.

"So, hopefully we can bring that to here, the fans are special where we are, and I'm sure we can bring the atmosphere over from the Boleyn Ground and make it a proper football stadium.

"It's progressing to a football stadium, they're starting the roof now which is going to take a few months and it's coming into place.

"They've got the Rugby World Cup in 2015, so the place will have to sorted by then and it's exciting.

"The two-and-a-half years before we move in is going to fly by. I remember making my debut, and time has flown since then so I'm pretty sure the two years will go super quick. It's going to be a fantastic place to play."

More immediately, West Ham take on Chelsea on Saturday on their return from the international break and Noble is relishing the challenge.

He added: "We've had a good week's training, we have a couple more days before the game now and the lads are looking forward to it.

"We know it is going to be a tough test but we need a change of luck, we've had some bad luck over the last few weeks.

"The league is a bit different this year and everyone is beating everyone else. It's not as clear-cut as it has been in other years.

"We're excited and hopefully we can take some good form into the game."

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