Update for supporters on London Stadium reconfiguration plans
Following the appointment of stadium design specialists Arena Events Group, to advance the previously announced proposal to reconfigure London Stadium, West Ham United is pleased to reveal the latest plan that will deliver two new lower tier stands behind the goals.
The stands will be squared-off in line with a more traditional football stadium configuration, with the aim of moving the two stands closer to the pitch - with seats going forward by as much as four metres - and installing these this summer.
The Club has now written to all Season Ticket Holders in these lower tiers, to personally update them on the latest designs and provide bespoke information, through a dedicated online portal.
New configuration of London Stadium
The configuration of the seating at the Stadium is something supporters wanted us to explore, and the Club has worked with fans, stadium management and expert architects Arena Events Group and KSS Design Group on the designs.
Our supporters gave positive feedback on the initial designs and we are now pleased to reveal the details which we anticipate to be in place for the beginning of the 2020/21 season.
In order to reconfigure the Stadium in line with supporters’ desire for a more traditional layout, the proposals will naturally change the shape of the stand, so not every seating position will remain entirely like-for-like, although most will move closer to the action.
The well-considered design proposals take into account possible future developments and as a result, the stands are designed to be compatible for rail seating, to allow them to be adapted in future should there be any changes to Premier League guidelines on safe standing.
A number of creative options to further enhance the look and feel of the Stadium have been incorporated, including the use of claret and blue club colours, with the designs also improving access to amenities on the concourse.
The Club and London Stadium intends to install the new configuration as soon as the extended season ends this summer. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing requirement of us all to be able to adapt to ever moving situations means our plans for installing the new stands of course remain under constant review, but supporters can be assured that all focus is on achieving this in the safest possible manner in line with government guidelines.
A number of factors will impact timelines, not least the start date of the 2020/21 season, which as it stands remains subject to confirmation by the Premier League. However, we are continuing to work with our Stadium landlords with the intention of the enhanced stadium reconfiguration being in place before the start of next season.
All fans located in those stands have been provided with bespoke, detailed information demonstrating how their seating position could change, and their options for relocating their season tickets should they wish to.
Each fan’s new seating position has been checked against a range of factors to keep it as close to their existing position as possible in relation to the new format. The Club has also taken great care to consider those who support the Hammers alongside friends and family and every effort has gone into keeping those groups together in the new configuration.
Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United, said: “This is another great step in improving the supporter experience at London Stadium, having named the Billy Bonds Stand and introducing more claret and blue inside the Stadium last season. Reconfiguring London Stadium to bring the stands closer to the action was always something we have wanted to do, and we understand how important this is for our fans.
“We’re pleased that our plans have now progressed to the point where we are able to share our proposed changes for each individual Season Ticket Holder and we are delighted that the vast majority of fans in these stands will move nearer to the pitch.”
Mark Noble added: “I’ve always said the West Ham fans are the best around – they make a real difference and the atmosphere they create at London Stadium is massive for the players. Bringing the fans closer to the pitch can only be good for them and us, and we can’t wait until everyone is back together in the Stadium again.”