Major milestone for Olympic Stadium as West Ham gear up for big move

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West Ham United have been sewing the seeds for future success this summer as they prepare to move to their new Olympic Stadium home.

West Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring their third goalWest Ham's Winston Reid celebrates scoring their third goal

The Hammers brought the curtain down on 112 years of history at their beloved Boleyn Ground at the end of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester United.

And now all eyes are on their big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium down the road in Stratford.

The stadium transformation has been moving at a pace with the stadium store set to open soon.

But one of the most important elements of the move has taken place as the clock ticks down to the club's opening game against as yet unknown opposition in the Europa League at the end of July/beginning of August.

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Sewing the seeds for success

That's because the first seeds have been sown on their new state of the art Desso pitch.

According to the club's official website the work will result in the Hammers playing on a 'world-class surface' after the four-hour seeding, which was captured in a time lapse video.

The first sprouts of grass will now be sprouting five days after the seeding and the pitch should be ready for its inaugural full cut later this week.

Head groundsman at the London Stadium Greg Bolton, working in conjunction with West Ham’s head groundsman Dougie Robertson, told whufc.com how important it is to get it right.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staff

'We have to get it right'

He said: “It certainly is a big moment (in the development of the stadium)," he told West Ham's website.

"It’s very important that this is taken with great care. I think the idea is not to rush this process. We have to get it right.

“The contractors we have on site are one of the best around.

"They do all the top grounds in the country, and we’re glad to have them on board here.

"It most certainly will be one of the best surfaces around.”

Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts before the start of the match against Carpi.Juventus' goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts before the start of the match against Carpi.

Europa League and Italian giants first up

While the Hammers will be playing the home leg of their Europa League qualifier as the first game at their new home, the official opening match at the stadium comes against Italian and European giants Juventus on August 7 ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

West Ham have sold 52,000 season tickets for their new ground, the second most in the Premier League behind Manchester United.

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