Filed: Friday, 19th November 2010
By: Staff Writer
West Ham have placed an advertisement seeking potential developers interested in purchasing the club's 106-year-old home.
The Boleyn Ground - where West Ham United have played their home games since 1904, more than a century ago - is set to be redeveloped if and when the club move to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford following the culmination of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Property Week report that the club have requested applications from potential bidders in order to begin 'informal discussions' regarding the future of the club's current home - even though it remains to be seen if United are successful in their bid for the Stratford stadium, which lies some some two miles from Upton Park.
Despite opposition from many supporters the club are continuing to push ahead with preparations for the move which, if successful, would see the Hammers in their new home in time for the start of the 2014/15 season.
To read what supporters think about the proposed move to Stratford, visit the following forum thread.
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06:31PM 19th Nov 2010
''There will be no atmosphere and the fans will be a long way from the action. Thousands of us will stay away. A tragedy for the genuine supporters. However we cannot be surprised.
Gold and Sullivan are business men first and foremost. They don't care about the club's history and its fan base. They would not have bought West Ham if there had not been the prospect of selling the freehold of the ground, and relocating to a rented alternative.
Older supporters (like me) will remember that such transactions used to be called Asset Stripping, when done by Slater, Walker and others. After Gold and Sullivan have successfully stripped West Ham's assets, they will move on to another business venture with a large profit. We fans must hope that we are then still in the Premier League.
Ms Brady has stated that Gold and Sullivan will purchase new players in January. Will these players be of the quality required to keep us in the Premier League? Or will Parker, Upson, Green and Cole be sold, and only inadequate replacements purchased?
I fear the worst, and relegation in 2011.''
by Tell it how it is Charley
05:54PM 19th Nov 2010
''What I don't understand is why the club don't sell the Boleyn to the fans? My maths isn't brilliant so just an example issue 60 million shares at £1? I don't know how much West Ham United PLC value the ground out. You buy 1,000+ you get 5%+ discount off your season ticket a bit like the bond scheme around 1990. If it meant saving the club I would invest £1k+.
This would be a good investment and a way the fans could have a control of the club.''