Jacob Steinberg from The Guardian wrote a few weeks ago this excellent blog about West Ham’s first season at the London Stadium.
The pitch at Upton Park was 100.5m x 68m, while the London Stadium is five metres longer and the same width. However Guardiola’s comments echoed ones made by Sir Trevor Brooking, who warned that teams would raise their game at Stratford. The psychological impact of playing in a stadium regarded as a soft touch should not be underestimated. Without that home advantage, West Ham’s frailties become more exposed. Tottenham are likely to enjoy themselves on Friday evening.
West Ham’s first season at London Stadium: a ‘terrible’ experience or a step forward? The Guardian. Retrieved 19:21, May 30, 2017, from www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/may/04/west-ham-first-season-london-stadium-slaven-bilic
The average number of visitors at home games rose dramatically this year (+ 63%). Not entirely surprising since the London Stadium has a greater capacity than Upton Park.
Premier League Attendances 2016-2017 vs. 2015-2016
|2016 - 2017||2015 - 2016|
|3||West Ham United||1.082.464||56.972||56.996||663.291||34.910||34.977|
Last January, I visited the London Stadium. You can find the photos of my visit on this page.