West Ham are beginning to make the Olympic Stadium feel like home. Claret and blue seating is being installed along with depictions of the crossed hammers on the North and South stands and the club’s name emblazoned on the East Stand.
West Ham United players Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and Academy goalkeeper Sam Howes were on hand this week to fix the first claret seat in place.
Kouyate, who had his FA Cup red card rescinded this week, told the club’s website : “When I signed it was an ambition to play here, but it felt far away. Now, it’s only a few months and it’s exciting for everyone.
“It’s going to be full, which is amazing. The fans have shown that we belong at a stadium like this, one of the best in Europe.
“The colours are very important. It’s our history and our identity. This is our home and it’s going to look like our home. The fans are going to love it.”
The club has already sold more season tickets at the new stadium than the whole of the 35,016 capacity of the Boleyn Ground prompting co-chairman David Gold to seek another 6,000 in the new stadium.
Kouyate said: “The fans are incredible. The away support at Blackburn was mad! It was like a home game for us. They make a big difference to us and we look forward to playing in front of them here.”
Meanwhile, Wednesday, February 24, marked the 23rd anniversary of the death of West Ham’s iconic captain and 1966 hero Bobby Moore. His memory and influence will continue to dominate the Irons even as they move into their new home.
As well as the Champions Sculpture making the move from Green Street to E20, Moore will be immortalised with a commemorative stone in a Champions Place landmark. He will join other World Cup heroes Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters along with Irons management legends Ron Greenwood and John Lyall.
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