Karren Brady confirms makeshift plans after key Olympic Stadium feature is delayed

West Ham United Vice Chairman Karren Brady during the Olympic Stadium press conference

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has confirmed makeshift plans are in place after a key feature of the Olympic Stadium was delayed.

West Ham United Vice Chairman Karren Brady during the Olympic Stadium press conferenceWest Ham United Vice Chairman Karren Brady

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 and Slaven Bilic's side will play the first ever game at their new home against Slovenian side NK Domzale in a crucial Europa League match on Thursday night.

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Hammers fans chomping at the bit for first taste of new ground

Hammers fans are excited to get a first taste of their new ground and 52,000 of them have sold out the club's season ticket allocation - second only to Manchester United.

Those attending the first game should be mindful, though, that one of the key features of the stadium, the huge digital screen, will be missing until the Hammers play Sunderland in October.

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Brady reveals makeshift plans

However, West Ham chief executive Brady has revealed on West Ham's official website that makeshift plans are in place until it is.

"The first of 86 Claret and Blue banners, comprising the stadium’s fabric wrap, was installed (last week)," Brady told whufc.com.

"This will account for 88 per cent of the external ring of the stadium and will be in place, in its entirety, for the Premier League curtain raiser against Bournemouth on Sunday 21 August.

"The remaining 12 per cent ‎will be covered by the spectacular digital screens. Due to planning permission delays, Europe’s largest digital screen will be fully operational for the meeting with Sunderland in October.

"In the interim, temporary screens or alternate West Ham branding will stand in its place."

West Ham manager Slaven BilicFocused on the job in hand: West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Fans more concerned with progress on the pitch

So any Hammers fans turning up for the Domzale opener, or indeed the official opening game against Italian giants Juventus on Sunday will not be greeted by the biggest TV screen in Europe.

It is a disappointment for supporters, but they will be more concerned about the club's progress on the pitch and in the transfer market.

It also gives fans something to look forward to come October when they welcome David Moyes' side to East London.

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