Personally I feel the move for West Ham to the Olympic Stadium is a fantastic move for the club and a move that is right to help the club move forward and not only that but to also help us in a financial way to.
With the capacity of the Boleyn Ground being 35,016, the Olympic Stadium nearly doubles that at 60,000, matching the Emirates Stadium. During our last full season in the Premier League (2010 – 2011) West Ham earned £81 million which made us the ninth highest earning club in the Premier League, only £7 million behind Manchester City. £18 million of this revenue came from match days at The Boleyn.
As previously stated the Olympic Stadium has the same capacity as the Emirates, and Arsenal earn £95 million match day revenue. I am not saying we will match the revenue of the Emirates but we should come close to what Spurs earn at White Hart Lane which is £43 million which mean a hell of a lot more money generated by the club from the Stadium tickets alone. This would surely mean easier and more readily available match day tickets and more special offers for families so that all can come and enjoy a West Ham match day together. The stadium would not only compare well to Premier League top flight clubs but also those in other parts of Europe, meaning it would be a key venue for competitions.
Generating more income would mean more money available to put back into the club which would mean a bigger, stronger club that could compete well in the transfer market. What bigger draw can there be for any player than to play at a fantastic stadium and for a club that is not stuck in the past and wanting to move forward? Also the potential for sponsorship deals and external revenue that comes with a higher profile team is huge.
Reducing the costs by moving from the Boleyn to a rented stadium would not only provide more cash flow for transfers, but could attract other potential investors which Gold and Sullivan have openly stated they are seeking. This happened at Manchester City and although I would not want to be seen to be buying the league as they have, it would add security that West Ham has longed for and pave the way to progress back to the glory days.
Many people discussing the move to the Olympic Stadium on social media sites are already voicing concerns about the change in atmosphere during matches without a match being played or a ball being kicked. Surely as fans we are responsible for creating the atmosphere and the Hammer spirit regardless of the ground. We should be singing as loudly and as proudly as possible whether we are at Upton Park, the Olympic Stadium or any other ground in the leagues. The criticisms being made are mainly regarding the distance of seating from the pitch. Plans have been made for retractable seating to combat this concern and the position of the seating was not an issue during the Olympic events when the crowd were deafening at times.
As a lifelong West Ham fan I do not wish to disregard our past, the memories or achievements that have happened at Upton Park or what we have produced, but it is important that we start to create a new legacy and future for the club. Progression is vital to ensure the security of the club rather than the yo-yoing and uncertainty of recent years. The two things that would complete this move for me would be to move the Boleyn Tavern and the statue of Wilson, Hurst, Peters and Moore to the Olympic Stadium to make it really feel like home as if taking your own furniture.
Real fans support the club not where they play!!