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SBD Global/December 7, 2012/Facilities
West Ham's Move To Olympic Stadium Could Put Club Among Football's Elite
Published December 7, 2012
MOVING ON UP: In London, Graeme Howlett wrote the prospect of moving to Olympic Stadium could "potentially allow this famous old club to rub shoulders with the giants of the English and European game." Yet that possibility is "anathema to some supporters who remain vehemently opposed to uprooting from the Boleyn Ground, our home for 107 years." A poll on the supporters' website KUMB.com conducted shortly after the London Games showed 64% in favor of moving. However, the previous poll conducted eight months earlier saw 61% of fans "vote against the move." Those against argue that the Boleyn Ground is "sufficient for a club of West Ham's stature." Yet, those in favor of moving argue that the "fantastic transport links mean fans from western Europe will only be a few hours away," and more seats "could mean cheaper tickets." Whatever form the move to Stratford will take, it will "certainly mean the end of homely West Ham United we know" (INDEPENDENT, 12/5).