Brooking excited for Stadium move

West Ham United legend Sir Trevor Brooking attended the launch of the Club's Reservation Centre at Westfield shopping centre in Stratford on Tuesday.

The Reservation Centre allows all Hammers fans to choose their seats and hospitality packages at the iconic Olympic Stadium ahead of the move in time for the start of the 2016/17 season.

In an illustrious career for the Hammers, Sir Trevor made 643 appearances, scoring an impressive 102 goals. In a recent survey on he was voted into the West Ham All-time XI.

Speaking at the opening of the Reservation Centre, he said:  "The switch to the new stadium is fantastic. Moving to a 54,000 seat stadium was always going to be a challenge. The club has done a fantastic job to counter all the obstacles."

A feature of the new stadium will be 3,700 corporate seats available for all fans, providing the highest quality hospitality in football: "The 3,700 seats with excellent hospitality, combined with the stadium's fantastic location and accessibility given all the different transport routes will be truly remarkable.

"The hospitality packages are important because they give a flexibility over the prices for the remaining seats. You want every fan to be able to see their team as well as having a full stadium."

Sir Trevor Brooking played alongside some of West Ham's most famous players: "I was a young lad when I joined the club in 1965 as an apprentice. In 1964 we won the cup, '65 won the Cup Winners' Cup.

"Every West Ham fan will tell you that we won the World Cup in 1966. To be at the Club with three World Cup players like Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst who played such a big part was fantastic."

Sir Trevor's efforts were rewarded when the Centenary Stand was renamed in his honour in August 2009. His legacy is set to continue as the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand will feature in the new stadium, as will the Bobby Moore Stand.

"When Bobby's stand was created everyone was pleased. I knew him well and it was sad that he passed away so early. When I was asked if they could name a stand after myself that was great of course. It's very nice that the two stands have been incorporated into the new stadium, it's fantastic really."

The West Ham legend is excited by the Hammers' good start to the season and hopes they can maintain their form.

"Last Saturday was great, one of the best performances of the last few years. The squad has a bit more depth this year. You want the club to move with the feeling that the club is going forward.

"The criticism of Sam was a bit unfair. It's always been tough for managers to come here due to the history they are compared against. The current group of players look very comfortable with the way they played on Saturday.

"I'm sure Sam and everybody else went home delighted. He and the board deserve credit for strengthening the squad and embracing a more positive mentality."