Historic day for the Hammers - in photos

West Ham United are today celebrating the historic announcement by Mayor of London Boris Johnson granting them the right to make the Olympic Stadium their home from the start of the 2016/17 season.

As a result of the announcement, the Hammers have released new images of the innovatively transformed Stadium so the West Ham supporters can for the first time see the dynamic proposals that will transform the Stadium, already a prestigious part of the UK's sporting heritage, into a world-class UEFA category 4, 54,000-seater Stadium fit to host the world's most famous competitions during the football season.

whufc.com's photographers were there to capture these images from the historic event.

An aerial view of the Olympic Stadium as West Ham United's home

A visual of the new stadium from behind the goal

The stage is set for Friday's announcement

The announcement was made in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium

The media turned out in force for the event

Hammers players Carlton Cole, Blair Turgott, Elliot Lee, James Tomkins, Kevin Nolan and Joe Cole, as well as Sir Geoff Hurst, were in attendance

David Gold makes his way to the stage

Mayor of London Boris Johnson announces the deal

Hammers Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, and Vice-Chairman Karren Brady were on the panel

Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales talks to the media

The Hammers players outside the Olympic Stadium

Children from the local community joined the Hammers stars for the event

Boris Johnson shows his colours

Boris Johnson shows his backing for the Hammers with Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold, Vice-Chairman Karren Brady and Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales

Sir Geoff Hurst talks to West Ham TV after the announcement

Sir Geoff with Hammers youngsters Elliot Lee and Blair Turgott

Kevin Nolan talks to the media