London Stadium in Stratford, London, England, was the home of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, hosting the track and field events and opening and closing ceremonies. It was subsequently renovated as a multi-purpose stadium, with its primary tenants being West Ham United Football Club and UK Athletics. The stadium is in the Lower Lea Valley, 6 miles (10 km) east of central London.
Holding 80,000 for the Olympics and the Paralympics, the stadium re-opened in July 2016 with a capacity of 60,000. The decision to make West Ham United the main tenants was controversial, with the initial tenancy process having to be rerun.
Built for the London 2012 Olympics, the London Stadium has since been converted into a football stadium and has hosted home to West Ham United since the start of the 2016/17 season.
The conversion was never going to be an easy one due to the nature of the circular athletics style build. There are large gaps between the upper and lower tiers behind the goals and the lower tiers that run alongside the pitch are a long way from the pitch still.
However, they have made a good job of creating a homely feel throughout with West Ham logo's and memorabilia hanging from the ceilings and the club’s history adorned across the hoardings in the West Stand. There are no restricted views which is a bonus.
Visiting supporters are situated on the south-west corner of the Trevor Brooking stand where both the upper and lower tiers are used to accommodate. But the seats, despite having unrestricted views are obviously a long way away from the pitch and as such the lower down you are, the worse the view.
The Westfield Shopping Centre is situated right outside the stadium and hosts home to many eating and drinking establishments with 2 food courts. Upstairs there are plenty of restaurants and on the bottom floor you have KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut & plenty of others.
There is not much in the way of drinking outlets close to the stadium, so it is mainly the case for visiting fans to drink in Central London or on route.
The London Stadium unfortunately does not offer on-site parking, supporters are encouraged to take advantage of the many public transportation routes available.
However, the Westfield shopping centre car park has reasonable rates, especially on week nights so don't be too put off of taking the car as you will definitely find a space in there.
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