Filed: Wednesday, 4th April 2012
By: Staff Writer
Campaign group WHU's View? are holding an open meeting tonight in order for supporters to have their say over the board's plans to move West Ham United to the Olympic Stadium.
All supporters of West Ham United FC are invited to attend the meeting which takes place at the Supporters' Club this evening, kicking off at 7pm.
"With a bid having been made by West Ham United for co-tenancy of the Olympic Stadium, concerns have been expressed about the lack of consultation with fans before such a decision was made," a spokesman for WHU's View? told KUMB.
"The outcome of that bidding process is to be decided in May, after the season ends and with no further discussions being planned.
"The Club say that they have 'consulted', having held a meeting with the Olympic Stadium Focus Group and receiving a report from them a matter of days before lodging their bid. What was discussed at that meeting has remained confidential.
"WHU's View? was formed with the sole purpose of encouraging the Club to ballot season ticket holders and Academy members before a final decision was made to bid. We felt it was the fairest way of finding out the opinions of as many regular attendees as possible, without distortion.
"We emphasise that we are not a protest movement and that our sole motivation has been to see the Club undertake a proper consultative process and honour their own 'Pledge to Listen'.
"Having failed to persuade the Club to conduct a ballot, WHU's View? has decided to conduct our own. It will prove difficult, it will be flawed and it will be criticised but it will also be the only chance the vast majority of fans will get to have their say.
"We will post a ballot form online to all those who have registered, physically hand out forms at the ground and arrange collection points and a PO Box.
"An open meeting has also been arranged at the Supporter's Club for Wednesday, 4th April at 7pm.
"This meeting will discuss the proposal to poll and any other matters relevant to the Olympic Stadium that those attending wish to raise. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their views."
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02:27PM 4th Apr 2012
''What plans? I'd like to see what they come up with first before we start saying 'yes' or 'no' to them. For me if the stadium looks like a football ground than it's a big 'YES'; if it's a track stadium where you can play and watch football from 50 feet away than it's a 'no'. Let's just see what they come up with first and than we can have our say.''
by Ray Edwards
12:48PM 4th Apr 2012
''I am a Manchester United fan living in Manchester and my company was involved in the construction of the Commonwealth Games Stadium where Manchester City now play. The changes that the stadium required to remove the running track were planned at the same time as the original plans were conceived.
I feel that football is an sport that requires a connection with the fans who are watching and this has been missing from the game since all seater stadiums emerged.
Last night in Munich, I saw a wonderful new stadium, with safe standing areas, that replaced their Olympic Stadium, and this must be the blue print for all new stadiums.''
12:12PM 4th Apr 2012
''A pledge to listen? Was this on the same 10-point pledge that included at a higher number - move to the Olympic Stadium?''
11:23AM 4th Apr 2012
''Can't make meeting tonight. Attended OS on Sunday for charity athletics event. Is a great stadium but without understanding the reconfiguration of the stands, it is a long way from the pitch in the lower tier and a long, long, long way from upper tier.
If the athletics track, jump and throw areas are all to remain I cannot see how we will ever get much closer. Atmosphere could still be good, if and when it is full. But if we can only get 40k fans, I think a lot of noise will disappear in the space. HOWEVER, all depends on the reconfigurations of the stands, if any!''