Home move may not suit Hammers

Friday 15th March 2013 10:55

West Ham fans: May be on move

West Ham fans: May be on move

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West Ham fans are expecting to be told the club will up sticks to the Olympic Stadium - and FanZoner Greg Styles isn't sure it's a good move.

Home is where the heart is. A verdict on the Olympic Stadium may finally be approaching but the jury's still out on whether it's the right move.

I, like most other Hammers fans, have grown tired and frustrated with the constant uncertainty and delay surrounding a decision which will shape the future of our club.

The latest date set for a final ruling is this coming Saturday, but with Barry Hearn proving a rather loud and obnoxious obstacle, this could yet be put back.

After reading every opinion on the subject there is to read, I'm still none the wiser as to whether I want to see my club leave Upton Park and play at an athletics stadium.

A stadium which will never feel like home no matter how it is dressed up.

A place where the history and tradition of the club cannot be felt, a place away from a footballing atmosphere which everyone in the East End has grown to love.

It will be like moving from the family home, a place of character and comfort into an unfurnished modern flat with no endearing charm to it.

And whilst the new place may be of more value to the club in terms of revenue and sponsorship, will it benefit the club in the long run?

I remain unconvinced that retractable seating will provide the answer to having Usain Bolt's turf around a football pitch.

Moving to a stadium which is not fit for purpose has created problems for many a club, and what if after a few seasons in new surroundings, the fans become disgruntled with the new home?

A move back to Upton Park will be out of the question when it's been knocked down and new homes built in its place.

If we then had to build a new stadium, a number of problems present themselves again.

The location would never be as good as it currently is. It would cost the club a huge amount of money - more than a club in our situation could afford.

And whilst this may feel like a rant about the Olympic Stadium, which it pretty much is, I really don't know what the best outcome for the club will be.

With Sullivan and Gold almost certain that we will be accepted as the 'tenants' of the stadium, I just hope they have the best interests of the club at heart before they move us from home into the unknown.

By Greg Styles, FanZone's West Ham blogger. Follow him on Twitter at @gstyles19 - and don't forget to follow @FanZone too!

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