Back in 2010, the world was shaken by a huge uproar as West Ham FC claimed to take the Olympic stadium into their own hands, moving from their original base of Boleyn Ground. We understand the move completely from their perspective – how could they possibly resist the allure of London Stadium, with an undeniably huge capacity as well as Olympic legacy? Either way, as the years have passed, West Ham’s decision to migrate to the London Stadium has seemed like a huge mistake, with their 1-0 win against Chelsea last weekend being their first respectable result in a long time. Particularly for those of you placing sports bets on West Ham, such underperformance can be frustrating, so was it really a good decision for the football club?
It Has Been Costly
You can’t deny the costs that the club has faced thanks to their decision to move to the London Stadium have been extortionate. We already knew at the start that it could cost them as much as £500,000 (although to most West Ham players, that’s basically a week’s wage), but never did we expect to see costs rise to £11.8m. Estimations suggest that the stadium will lose a mammoth £24m during the 2017-18 season alone, and this money could be spent on much better purposes such as signing over better players. Completely transforming the stadium into a football venue would cost around £323m, and let’s be honest, with West Ham currently sitting 19th on the Premier League table, this could be spent on a lot more appropriate things.
Playing Poorly In This Season’s Premier League
Since the Premier League has started, West Ham have won a meagre 10 out of their 28 games played, most of which comes down to playing in London Stadium. Due to such a poor performance from the team since their move, they’re easily overshadowed by other clubs making it to the top of the Premier League table. Looking at Tottenham, for example they have won their last two games by a mile, and are quickly creeping their way up the table. In addition, Chelsea and City are both owned by billionaires, who aren’t squandering their cash on stadium makeovers, and Man City managed to make it through to the EFL final in January despite their defeat against Hull. Amongst such powerful teams, where is the room for a slapdash signing of Robert Snodgrass and selling of Dimitri Payet? We are still yet to comprehend this ourselves…
Atmosphere Is Chilly
Without sufficient support from your fans, it can become hugely difficult to play well in your home stadium – if they’re not there, who is really rooting for you? Since West Ham moved in the London Stadium, a lot of the goodwill that they received from supporters in Boleyn Ground has disappeared, and this is partly down to the infrastructure of the stadium. With the running track at the stadium (which is there to stay, by the way), it’s become increasingly difficult for West Ham players to feel the atmosphere from such a distance. Equally though, some seats are so close to the pitch that you can almost feel the breath of spectators, not to mention the hurling of insults coming from unsatisfied fans.
Huge Architectural Flaws
It’s simple – the Olympic stadium was not created for football purposes. And because of this, there is no end to the architectural flaws that are being found. Naturally, the seating has become an issue for both fans and players alike, but that isn’t the end of it. The gaps between tiers have been stated as too large, and this in itself has had a detrimental effect on the performance of even the best of West Ham’s players. The pitch itself is the standard Premier League size of 105m x 68m, however because of the architecture, this can become distorted and the pitch suddenly seems much larger than it actually is. So much so in fact, that the club are willing to be £250,000 to fix the issue, adding an even larger value to the amount of money spent to play commendably in the stadium – has it all really been worth it?
Personally, we don’t think that it was. Considering that their highest ever finish in the FA cup was in 1986 in third place, the last thing that the club needs is an unnecessary move to a stadium that isn’t accommodating enough for a huge football league. Do you believe it was a foolish move? All of the odds can be found here at Best Deal Casino – so you can see for yourself!