West Ham fans are unimpressed with the London Stadium winning an award.
A half empty London Stadium look on as Southampton's James Ward-Prowse scores their third goal
If you listen to West Ham, the move to the London Stadium has been a roaring success.
The club announced yesterday the stadium has won a 'prestigious' architectural award, beating competition from around the world.
Club vice-chairman Karren Brady proudly posted the news last night via her Twitter feed.
London Stadium named as Stadium of the Year 2016 pic.twitter.com/tX7LsoCkxY— Lady Brady (@karren_brady) March 7, 2017
The problem was that supporters were not impressed...
@karren_brady Voted for by every team's fans except West Ham's— Graham 19052012 (@zolawasgod) March 7, 2017
@karren_brady patting yourself on the back...for renting us an athletic arena. Still you got a nice bonus for killing the club along the way— CarlitosScar (@WHU_80) March 7, 2017
@karren_brady They have obviously never watched a football match in it.— Andy (@KAYDM49) March 7, 2017
@karren_brady I'm sure the owners of the stadium will be chuffed. Not sure why you are bragging though, it's not yours.— Billy Moore (@billymo77826621) March 7, 2017
@karren_brady This seriously has to be the funniest whilst saddest thing i have seen in all my West Ham days. Thanks for ruining my club— SH (@Claretonmyshirt) March 7, 2017
While the London Stadium may have it's architectural merits, it was built for athletics and not football, and West Ham have had trouble converting it.
A common complaint has been that the stadium lacks atmosphere and the intimacy of former ground Upton Park, which is currently being demolished.
As the owners pat themselves on the back for the stadium winning awards, they risk looking out of touch and alienating the fan base who want to recapture the love for the club they previously felt.