Speculation over use of Olympic Stadium could pave way for West Ham to properly convert new home

General view outside the stadium before the match

Speculation surrounding the future use of West Ham United's Olympic Stadium home has made the headlines again this week.

General view outside the stadium before the match
	hammersosGeneral view outside the stadium

The Hammers have had to request to play the first three games of next season away from their new home due to the World Athletic Championships taking place there, as reported by The Mirror.

The IAAF competition, which runs between August 4th and 13th, means West Ham could not play at home on the opening day regardless and require special dispensation from the Premier League to be granted an away fixture.

But then the much-criticised retractable seating at the 60,000 seater ground - which will cost an eye-watering £8 million each time it is done - will have to be reconfigured again for football mode, a process which takes around 15 days.

Many supporters are unhappy with broken promises over the stadium which they feel has not been transformed to be fit for football.

The scaffolding seating solution leaves a huge gap between the East and West Stands and the pitch given the bowl shape of the ground.

Supporters want to see the stadium redeveloped to make the seats closer to the pitch and there could be new hope on that front this week.

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Well placed Hammers fans' website Claret and Hugh, which often gets exclusive club news first, claimed earlier this week that UK Athletics could be paid to quit the London Stadium after the 2017 London Anniversary Games and World Athletics Championships.

The report states that the huge £8m cost of moving what it more accurately describes as 'relocatable' seating is not feasible long term and one idea being explored is paying UK Athletics to relocate the Anniversary Games to their home base in Birmingham, giving up their 50-year agreement to use the London Stadium.

Cancelling the agreement would cost millions but could work out cheaper than the annual transformation bill.

West Ham United owners David Gold and David SullivanWest Ham United owners David Sullivan and David Gold

But it could also free up West Ham to properly convert the stadium as the running track would no longer be required.

While the sightlines are not too bad at the stadium, the huge gap between the playing surface and supporters is not conducive to generating the kind of atmosphere the club were famous for at their former Upton Park home.

Whether co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold would put up the money to make such changes is up for debate, but should UK Athletics relocate it may well attract a buyer with more money and ambition to bid to takeover the East Londoners.

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