A message from the Vice-Chairman


For the very first time in this Stadium’s glorious history, our magnificent new home will play host to European football. Tonight, West Ham United will run out at London Stadium  in front of a sell-out 54,000 crowd. What an extraordinary moment it will be for all connected with this famous football club.  
Everyone has worked around the clock to prepare for this evening. And despite the match being played sooner in the season that expected, I’m delighted that you will see London Stadium in full football mode from day one and, I assure you, no matter where you sit, the sightlines  are fantastic.
Thanks to a great deal of hard work, the retractable seating on all sides is in its forward position and so you will get a true taste of all that awaits at our new home. But, as a result of our commitment to reposition the seating in time, there is of course still even more West Ham branding to follow. The void between the two tiers of retractable seating will be filled with West Ham branding and, of course, Europe’s largest digital screens will be installed 
As you will already have seen, we’re asking you to arrive as early as you can this evening. This is a learning curve for us all and it’s naturally going to take a little bit of time to get used to our new surroundings and our  journey’s to the ground . 

The earlier you arrive, the easier it will be, and rest assured we are doing everything in our power to create the very best match day experience possible and turnstiles will be open two hours prior to kick-off and all the food kiosks and bars will be open. Please keep an eye out for the matchday volunteers this evening, who will be on hand to point you in the right direction and to help in any way they can. 
But in essence, tonight is about two things. The football and you, our loyal fans. I hope you’re going to be so immensely proud when you step foot inside our new home for the first time tonight. 
It is the home you deserve. You shared our vision, your input helped us to design this stunning arena and, together, we have filled it full of West Ham fans. Enjoy the occasion and please share your feedback directly with us so that we can continue to work together and make any necessary adjustments to get it absolutely right over the coming weeks.      
I’ve said it before and I shall say it again. This is a game changer for our football club. An exciting new dawn.  
The stage is set. It’s time to let the football do the talking.
Enjoy it! 
Karren Brady