Julian Dicks not a fan of West Ham United and Arsenal stadiums

Julian Dicks, West Ham first team coach looks on as the West Ham players warm up prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on March 18,...

West Ham United and Arsenal play at the London Stadium and the Emirates Stadium respectively.

Julian Dicks, West Ham first team coach looks on as the West Ham players warm up prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on March 18,...

Julian Dicks has told The Times that atmosphere at West Ham United and Arsenal’s stadiums is not great.

West Ham left the Boleyn Ground for the London Stadium in the summer of 2016. As for Arsenal, the Gunners moved to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury in 2006.

Both the London Stadium and the Emirates Stadium are big football grounds, and can accommodate over 50,000 fans.

Former West Ham defender Dicks, though, does not seem to be a fan of the London Stadium or the Emirates Stadium.

A general view of the Emirates Stadium ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal and Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium on February 22, 2018 in London, United...

“It’s impressive,” Dicks told The Times. “But it’s not a West Ham stadium. It will never come close to Upton Park for atmosphere.

“It’s the same with Arsenal. Beautiful place, the Emirates Stadium, but it doesn’t feel like a football stadium.

"You think ‘Nah, not a patch on Highbury.’ For me, the Olympic Stadium, compared to Upton Park, is lifeless.”

A general view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2018 in London, England.

Nostalgia

There are a lot of West Ham fans who are unhappy that the club decided to move from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium.

The atmosphere at the Hammers’ new ground is not as great or intimidating for the opposition teams as their old stadium was.

Highbury was one of the best grounds in England for atmosphere, although moving to the Emirates Stadium was a good idea for Arsenal, as it allowed more fans to come and watch the team in action.

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