West Ham fans..... are you happy hammers with the news that your owners have successfully won the bid for the Olympic Stadium?
As a Spurs fan I'm disappointed but not in the least surprised. Tearing down and rebuilding without the track was always a gamble for the bid. That said, with the running track in place, I wouldn't have supported the bid. That said, the build was always said to just be temporary, so its only really been scuppered because they want to keep an athletics track, which lets be honest, no one will use in great numbers so a bit pointless IMHO.
The nice thing about Upton Park was the closeness to the pitch. Fans behind the goal could reach out and touch the netting. That netting will now be on the equivalent of the half way line!
The owners will also rightly point out that increased ground capacity will increase season ticket sales. I actually think the reverse is more likely. Forgetting those who "will move over their dead bodies", if you know you'll be able to get a ticket because you'll never sell out, why would you bother spending more instead of being able to be more selective! Obviously to die hards, the above isnt applicable - but it will be for those new sales Golds, Sullivan and Brady are hoping for.
Anyway......... Hammers fans..... apart from being happy that youve stopped Spurs find a new home in your back yard and tap into the Essex Market, are you really happy at the prospects of this Athletics Stadium you are going to be moving to? Are you concerned about the view pitfalls and the owners quest for cash over substance? Will you be going (and regularly) once the stadium is ready? Do you think the Upton Park atmosphere will be lost?
Despite West Ham fans having a huge dislike of Spurs, I've always had a lot of time for the club, mostly down to the core support turning up week in week out despite some dire recent seasons. I firmly think this will be a big test for the hard core support and so far have only heard negative comments on the move from season ticket holders......
Over to you guys!