West Ham's new stadium effect: How have other clubs fared in their first game?

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West Ham United's eagerly awaited move to the Olympic Stadium is nearly upon us, so it's time to look at how other clubs have fared in their first home game at a new venue.

Arsenal - Draw

It was a long overdue move after 93 years in their first home Highbury, and the switch a few miles down the road to the 60,000-seated Emirates Stadium was no doubt an upgrade. 

In their first competitive game in their new home it was Aston Villa who were the opponents in the Premier League, Olof Mellberg opened the scoring on 53 minutes although Gilberto equalised with six minutes to go to salvage a point for the Gunners.

General view inside the stadium before the matchView inside The Emirates Stadium

Manchester City - Draw

It was the move to take the club to the next level after years of flirting with the lower divisions, as after 80 years at their old home Maine Road the club moved into the City of Manchester Stadium in 2003.

The first game played competitively was an UEFA Cup tie v Welsh outfit The New Saints which City won 5-0 with Trevor Sinclair scoring the first goal at the new stadium. However their first league game was against Portsmouth and it ended in a 1-1 draw, with Yakubu scoring the first league goal in the City of Manchester Stadium.

Juventus - Win 

After moving from the Stadio delle Alpi to the Juventus Stadium due to club failing to sell out the ground as well as a lack atmosphere, the move to the newer and fresher Juventus Stadium has seen plenty of success including five consecutive Serie A titles.

The club's first game in their new home was against Parma where they won 4-1 with Stephan Lichtsteiner scoring the first competitive goal in their new home.

Juventus goalkeeper NetoJuventus Stadium

Bayern Munich - Lost

Bayern left their old home, the famous Olympiastadion (Olympic Stadium) after a board meeting in 2002 decided that the club should move to a new stadium. 

The Allianz Arena holds a capacity of 75,000, with Bayern sharing the stadium with TSV 1860 Munchen. Bayern's first competitive game ended in defeat in the semi-finals of the DFL Ligapokal, with Vfb Stuttgart winning 2-1.

Swansea City - Win 

A much-needed move away was required from the The Veltch Field that served the club for 93 years with a capacity of 12,000 with the club plying their trade in the lower divisions of English football. 

Liberty StadiumLiberty Stadium

The club moved to the Liberty Stadium in 2005 with a capacity of 20,750. In their first competitive game in the new stadium they defeated Tranmere 1-0 on the opening day of the season in 2005, in the then Coca-Cola League One, the goal was scored by Bayyo Akinfenwa.

Southampton - Lost

Similar to Swansea, it was a much needed move for Southampton who left The Dell after 103 years for the 32,505-seated St. Mary's stadium in 2001.

The Saints' first game in their new home was against Claudio Ranieri's Chelsea which saw the London side win 2-0 with goals from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mario Stanic. 

Sunderland -  Win

Roker Park was the home to Sunderland for 100 years holding 22,500, renovation plans were put forward to the club however installing more seats would've reduced the capacity which meant a move one mile down the road.

The club's home now, The Stadium of Light, has a capacity of 49,000, and its first game saw Sunderland win 3-1 over Manchester City with Niall Quinn scoring the first goal at the new stadium.

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