The very first Champions Place stone has now been installed on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in the presence of the family who commissioned it.
Champions Place, a specially-designed landscaped walkway at the north entrance of West Ham United’s new home, enables supporters to see their very own tributes immortalised alongside Hammers legends.
Earlier this week, the first of many thousand granite stones was laid. Dawn Scott’s son, Oliver, tragically passed away in 2011 and the family were keen to honour his memory at the site of London Stadium.
Dawn, together with Oliver’s siblings Max and Mia, were invited to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to mark the poignant moment for the Scott family.
“We will treasure this forever,” Dawn told West Ham TV. “We love every memory of Oliver and we try to keep him alive, and this is just the best.
“I just can't believe that we're here and it was just wonderful. I know Oliver would have loved every minute of it.
“He [Oliver] was always centre of attention, I'm afraid, this would definitely be his sort of day and he's even brought the sunshine!”
While the first installation of stones is now underway and will be complete in time for the start of the season, supporters can still order Champions Place stones of their own, joining a timeless tribute to Hammers heroes and faithful fans. These will be installed in a second phase to follow in due course.
To order a Champions Place stone, visit www.championsplace.whufc.com.
An ardent Hammer, Oliver’s tribute will now forever sit outside the Hammers’ home and he will be in good company, in close quarters to a legends stone celebrating West Ham’s 1965 European Cup Winners’ Cup success.
In each designated section, the centrepiece legends stone will be the last to be laid, with Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Billy Bonds and European Cup Winners’ Cup stones now all on site ahead of installation in the coming days and weeks.
Dawn continued: “He would have been very proud, he was a keen West Ham fan from early on. His dad and his brother would come to as many as matches as they could. He was just proud to be a West Ham United fan.
“It's a permanent tribute and a lot of our family friends will be coming here, not just looking at Oliver's, but it's lovely to see other people's stones as well.”