Pitch size myth at West Ham's London Stadium busted by new report

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v Domizale

The size of the pitch at West Ham United's new stadium has been cited as one of the reasons for their struggles this season.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have turned what was threatening to be a disastrous season around of late and they are now sitting in 11th place in the Premier League, although their form has dipped again recently.

Many supporters and pundits have pointed the finger of blame for the huge contrast in form compared to their best ever Premier Leagues points total last term squarely at their controversial new 60,000 seater ground.

Some fans believe blaming the stadium move is too easy an excuse, citing that other teams are having no trouble performing there.

But comments this season from Slaven Bilic himself, Scotland boss Gordon Strachan and Stoke City boss Mark Hughes have all suggested the size of the pitch and sight lines have impacted performances.

The myth that the Hammers are suddenly playing on a pitch size completely alien to them has been well and truly busted, though, by a new report revealing Premier League surface sizes.

And the report, published by the Daily Star, reveals West Ham in actual fact share the same size pitch as no fewer than eight fellow top flight clubs.

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v DomizaleWest Ham's Olympic Stadium pitch is 7,140 square metres, the same as eight other clubs

The London Stadium pitch is 7,140 square metres. That's the same size as Watford's Vicarage Road surface, West Brom's Hawthorns pitch, Sunderland's Stadium of Light, Swansea City's Liberty Stadium, Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium - where the Hammers lost 3-2 last time out - the pitches at both Old Trafford and the Etihad and Arsenal's Emirates.

Only two pitches are bigger, Middlesbrough's Riverside (7,245sqm) and the biggest of the lot, Hull City's massive KCOM Stadium which is 8,436sqm.

West Ham's Olympic Stadium v DomizaleThe pitch at the London Stadium is some way off being the biggest in the Premier League

Stoke City's Bet365 ground (6,400sqm) and the pitches at London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace (6,700sqm) are the smallest.

Yes it is bigger than the pitch at Upton Park but not significantly enough to cause the team any undue problems.

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