West Ham news: Hammers to install ‘wonderful and long-awaited’ claret pitch surround this week
West Ham United have confirmed they will finally install a claret pitch surround at the London Stadium this week.
The Hammers, at their rented arena, have previously had a green covering over the athletics track which permanently resides at the ground as a legacy from the 2012 Olympics in the English capital.
In a statement on the club’s official website they revealed a ‘club-branded’ design will be in place for their fixture against Leicester City on April 20.
And added they had invested ‘significant funds’ thought to be around £250,000 after fan feedback.
West Ham United Vice-Chairman Karren Brady said: “This is wonderful and long-awaited news for the football club and our supporters. In the aftermath of the expert determination myself and the Board worked extremely hard to progress this because we knew how important it was to our fans.
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“London Stadium is globally recognised as the home of West Ham United, and therefore it is only right that our traditional Club colours are in prominent and key areas of the playing arena. I would like to place on record my thanks to E20 and the LLDC for understanding the importance of ensuring that the London Stadium has the complete look and feel of West Ham United.
“With 60,000 supporters in attendance at every Premier League fixture, a third stand named in honour of one of our greatest ever players, Billy Bonds, together with the new pitch surround, we have a stadium that truly has the look and feel of West Ham United.”
Club captain Mark Noble added: “On behalf of all the players, I am delighted that the new Claret pitch surround will be in place very soon.
“London Stadium has certainly begun to feel more and more like home this season now that we are fully established, and this news will only enhance that feeling for both the players and our supporters, that this is the home of West Ham United.”
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