Stadium design and features
The venue that hosted the 2012 Games is being transformed into a UEFA Category 4 Stadium – the highest possible classification – ready to become West Ham United’s stunning new home from August 2016.
By the time the Stadium transformation is complete, 5,000 people will have worked a total of 2 million hours on the project. The peak workforce will see 500 people on site, with more than 30 apprentices recruited from the local area.
Every change the Stadium is undergoing in that multi-million pound project has been designed with West Ham’s fans and football team in mind:
- The Stadium’s 60,000 capacity will be the third highest in England by 2016, raising West Ham’s potential home attendance over a Barclays Premier League season from 670,000 to more than a million;
- The sightlines have been designed by the same architects responsible for Wembley Stadium and The Emirates, offering incredible, unobstructed views of the action from every seat in the Stadium;
- A ground-breaking retractable seating solution will be used to cover the Athletics track when the Stadium is in football mode, with 21,000 retractable seats bringing supporters as close as possible to the action;
- There will be 253 wheelchair user accessible viewing spaces and 540 easy access seats, when the Stadium is in football mode;
- The record-breaking new roof, the largest of its kind in the world, will cover every seat in the Stadium, and its special acoustic design will allow Hammers fans to create a cauldron of noise on matchdays;
- The 490 lamps from the floodlights used for the 2012 Games are being removed and re-installed underneath the new roof, providing incredible illumination to the field of play;
- The pitch will be five metres longer and four metres wider than the Boleyn Ground, identical to the size of Wembley, The Emirates and Old Trafford, and made for the exciting, passing football Hammers fans want to see;
- State-of-the-art Desso technology will be used to create a resilient and attractive playing surface in all weathers, designed to stand up to the rigours of the Stadium’s multi-use functions;
- The changing room facilities have been designed in consultation with West Ham’s coaching staff, boasting the very best in sports science technology and an 80 per cent increase in floorspace compared to the Boleyn Ground;
- The Stadium will house 35 catering outlets for supporters, double the number currently on offer at the Boleyn Ground, as well as almost 1,000 toilets, compared to 283 at the Boleyn;
- In the Stadium’s West Stand, Club London – our new suite of West Ham-themed lounges, restaurants, private boxes and bars – will host 3,600 members, and set a new benchmark for hospitality facilities in world football;
- At the south end of the new Stadium, a new Club megastore and dedicated West Ham ticket office will be available for Hammers fans on matchdays and throughout the week;
- At the Stadium’s north end, Champions Place will be a new landscaped landmark for Hammers to visit before the game, featuring the Champions Statue, and dedicated sections for different West Ham legends; and
- For those fans wanting to make their own mark in history, Champions Place will also feature personalised message stones in the different legends’ sections so that your names can be immortalised alongside theirs.