Tony Gale shares West Ham fears over Olympic Stadium move

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West Ham United are to move in to the Olympic Stadium for next season.

Former West Ham United player Tony Gale believes Upton Park boasts the best atmosphere in the country and fears the Olympic Stadium may struggle to live up to expectations, The Sun report.

The Hammers are set to leave their historic Boleyn Ground home for the Olympic Stadium ahead of next season - a switch many feel will help take the club to a new level altogether.

However, there move could come at a cost in certain areas, with the atmosphere certainly in question.

Commenting for The Sun ahead of the switch, Gale believes supporters may get a better view at the Olympic Stadium but highlights atmosphere and the quality of football as two factors which may suffer.

“Upton Park is the best football ground to be in in the country, particularly in the evenings. There’s just no atmosphere like it,” 56-year-old Gale explained.

“The old ground, as it was before all-seater, was different class. It is a shame they are moving — you’ll get better viewing but not necessarily better football or atmosphere.”

The atmosphere at old ground such as Upton Park, Anfield, Hillsborough and Derby County’s former stadium the Baseball Ground has always been difficult to match in the newly-built arenas.

And some could argue the quality of football has deterred as a result, especially as some players seemingly thrive with being so close to the supporters and feeding off the energy in the stands.

That said, West Ham are making a great choice and one which will allow them to compete with almost any other club in the Premier League, both in terms of financial resources and stature.

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