Sir Geoff Hurst has welcomed the news that West Ham United will make the Olympic Stadium their new home in 2016.

The Hammers and England legend was on hand as Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that West Ham will be anchor tenants at the iconic London 2012 venue.

Sir Geoff, who won the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup with the Hammers at Wembley before returning to the Home of Football in 1966 to fire England to FIFA World Cup glory, believes the club's new 54,000-capacity home can inspire the club to a whole new level.

He said: "As a fan of the club it's fantastic. I'm excited and thrilled about coming to the Olympic Stadium

"The club has to move forward, we need a bigger ground, we need better facilities. The accessibility here at Stratford is second to none.

"It's a major step forward and to use an old expression it's a no brainer. As a fan I wholeheartedly support it.

"It's a similar situation to another ground i have an affiliation with in north London - Wembley. There were similar apprehensions there about not taking the Twin Towers down and so on. But here we are now seeing it how it is today.

"It'll happen much the same for West Ham. It's a magnificent stadium, a UEFA Category 4 stadium, and it's also going to be used for the community too.

"Tradition and history is important but in life you have to move on. The Premier League is moving on, our crowds are already in the top half-dozen in the country, and will increase with the accessibility and a better stadium.

"It'll be a new home and for the younger fans it'll be there for the next 100 years. I thought the panel today articulated the benefits and brought the positives in greater detail than I can but as a fan I'm thrilled to bits."

Sir Geoff says a 54,000-capacity venue can only inspire the Hammers players of the future, and with an eye on the past, he believes a legendary teammate of his would have been excited at the move too.

He said: "Mooro would love this. He wanted to play in the biggest stadiums, as a player you want to do that and he'd have loved to see the club forward moving like this.

"There's no reason with the support and history we have that we can push on. It's about a gradual improvement, what we've achieved in the last two years is terrific and the fans will play a huge part in continuing to support that.

"Players are going to want to come and play here, a modern and magnificent stadium. You want to play in the best venues. West Ham will have one of the best stadiums in the country, if not the world."