West Ham chief David Gold goes on charm offensive over club's move to the 'best stadium in the country'

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West Ham United co-owner David Gold has launched a charm offensive over the club's impending move to the Olympic Stadium next season.

The Hammers will move to the 54,000 seater venue next summer, bringing the curtain down on 112 years of history at their beloved Boleyn Ground.

While most West Ham fans are excited about the move, some remain anxious about whether a stadium built for athletics can truly be converted into a stadium fit for football.

Many of those fans may have been swayed after watching the first Rugby World Cup match at the Olympic Stadium last week when France took on Romania.

Fans of many different clubs from around the country took to social media to praise how good the stadium looked.

An Olympic sized charm offensive

And West Ham co-owner Gold clearly felt vindicated, going on a charm offensive with a series of posts on Twitter.

In the posts Gold made a series of statements about exciting additions that are on the way as part of the post Rugby World Cup conversion which he believes will really make it feel like home for Hammers fans.

Taking to Twitter, an upbeat Gold boldly declared: "It's the best stadium with the best transport system in the country it even has access by boat and cable car."

While the club's chief executive Karren Brady had confirmed plans were afoot to relocate the Hammers' famous statue of their three 1966 World Cup winning heroes, Gold went one further and confirmed the move.

He said: "The 1966 World Cup heroes are coming with us, the famous statue will be sited on the approach to the new stadium."

On something of a roll, the 79-year-old also boasted about the club's huge TV screens.

He said: "The largest TV screen in the world and there are two of them."

Gold is right too. At either end of the ground sit the two biggest TV screens on the planet, measuring in at more than 26m each.

There were still some doubters, though, with some fans questioning how easy it will be to get to the stadium when the Hammers move next summer.

But Gold knows his stuff and confidently informed people that no other ground in the country has better transport links.

He said: "There are 5 train stations within a 15 minute walk of the stadium it is the best connected stadium in the UK."

A major concern of fans was also the large gaps between the lower and upper tier in some sections of the stadium due to the need for retractable seating over the athletics track.

But Gold also allayed any fears that this would look sore, retweeting a post from the West Ham Football Foundation which confirmed there will be West Ham signage and banners filling in all the empty gaps.

 Other things you might not know about West Ham's new home

- There will be a digital wrap around the stadium forming one giant screen going all the way around the huge ground which can be tailored to display whatever the club wishes on match days and is sure to be an impressive sight.

- West Ham will have the single biggest cantilevered transparent roof in the world which will cover all seats.

- The stadium is obviously a top UEFA Category 4 ground which means it can host all major sports events including World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League and Europa League finals.

- The sightlines have been designed by the same architects responsible for Wembley Stadium and The Emirates, offering unobstructed views of the action from every seat in the stadium.

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