The Hammers skipper has dismissed concerns that the Upton Park atmosphere will be lost when the club relocate for next season.
West Ham United captain Mark Noble has dismissed fears that the club will lose their electric Upton Park atmosphere when they relocate to the Olympic Stadium, and told Joe.co.uk that their final season at their traditional home “has worked out fantastically”.
The Hammers will leave their home of 112 years to move into the 60,000 capacity stadium in time for the start of next season as their ever-increasing ambition sees them grow out of their current 35,000 ground.
Although the move has been hailed by some, others have expressed fears that the club will lose the soul of its matchday atmosphere by being in a bigger, expansive stadium.
However, Noble has moved to allay those fears, and he insists that the only thing that will determine how well the fans and team take to playing at a new home is whether or not they go into next season with the confidence and belief that they deserve to be there.
The 28-year-old told Joe.co.uk: “I don’t think it will [change the atmosphere], because we’re doubling the attendance, nearly. We just need to go into next season with confidence, because I’ve always said this whole season that this season is probably one of the biggest in the club’s history.
“We knew we’d be moving into the stadium so we wanted to have a good season, and we’ve done that. It’s worked out fantastically for the club and the chairmen and the staff and everything, but once you have that little taste of success you want more of it and that’s what we’re going to aim for.”
The Hammers have fallen off the pace slightly of late with three consecutive draws, but they are still in with a big chance of securing Champions League football for the first time for their inaugural season at the Olympic Stadium, something which would come as a huge boost for the club in every respect.
Noble’s side are five points behind Manchester City with just six matches remaining, but have an FA Cup quarter-final replay with Manchester United to contend with on Wednesday night before they return to league action.