James Tomkins has already experienced the buzz of walking out to a packed London Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers defender was part of the Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympic Games and paraded in the spectacular Opening Ceremony as the festival of sport got underway.

Tomkins lapped up that experience of the rousing atmosphere at a home Games, and he cannot wait to hear the Stadium in full voice again when West Ham make the venue their home from 2016.


He told West Ham TV: "Walking out there for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, as the home country, I was extremely proud and the atmosphere was electric. I'm sure the West Ham fans can get the atmosphere rocking like that - it'll be one hell of an atmosphere.

"You can see the inspiration that clubs with big stadiums get from their fans and we'll be able to experience that lift as well. The Boleyn is always filled out at the moment - West Ham is one of the best-supported clubs in London so we'll have no worries about filling it.

"It'll have a great atmosphere when it comes around and it's a great opportunity for West Ham."

James Tomkins marched with Team GB at the Opening Ceremony

Tomkins paraded with Team GB at the 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

Basildon-born Tomkins has been with the Hammers throughout his career, developing as a youngster in the Academy before making his first team debut in March 2008.

Now 23, the centre back is excited by this new chapter for the club and he is keen to be a part of it.

He continued: "I'm majorly excited now I've seen the plans. Being a football fan and a West Ham supporter, this is going to be brilliant for the club and for the local community. It's a proud day for everyone.

"The main concern for the fans was that maybe the atmosphere wouldn't come across from the old stadium, but after seeing the plans, and seeing how close the seats are going to be to the pitch - you can see the atmosphere will be brilliant.

"All the views will be brilliant too so I think it's going to be good for everyone.

"It shows the direction the Chairmen want to take the club in. It's a massive day for the club. I've been here since I was eight years old so I've seen it at its highest and lowest and this is definitely one of the proudest days I've had as a West Ham player and fan.

"I've been here for the whole process of trying to get the stadium, and now we have I want to be part of that. If I can be here in 2016 it'll be a proud day for everyone [playing our first game at the stadium]."

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