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Green light for retractable seating

Filed: Wednesday, 12th December 2012
By: Staff Writer

The Olympic Stadium will feature four stands of retractable seating around the pitch - should West Ham United agree to move to Stratford.

Fans attending an emergency Supporters' Advisory Board meeting at the Boleyn Ground this evening were shown the first ever artists' impression of how the new stadium will look.

And KUMB.com can reveal that this will include fully retractable seating that brings all four stands in the lower tier - which will replace the existing banks of seats - to within a few metres of the playing area.

The new images, which are set to be released to the public in the new year indicated how the new roof, that will cover the entire seating area, will look. Those present at the three-hour meeting were also shown detailed plans of how the rest of the stadium would take shape following its 200million refit.

Unfortunately we are unable to bring you any further details of the stadium or the Club's plans as all members of the SAB were asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) upon entering the meeting room.

However a show of hands requested by co-Chairman David Gold - who gave a short yet passionate speech backing the move - indicated that the vast majority of fans present appeared to support the club's plans for the Olympic Stadium.

Karren Brady, who chaired the meeting also confirmed that a supporters' poll would take place within the next few weeks - although details of exactly what that will entail remain unconfirmed at present.

Former Hammer Tony Cottee also appeared briefly to back the Club's plans.

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by Jack Fawbert
12:01PM 14th Dec 2012
''Having been a supporter since the 1959/60 season I have to say that by far and away the most important issue is that the stands are as close as possible to the pitch. I was brought up in Dagenham and when I was a kid and West Ham were away outside London I used to go on the tube with my mates to watch other London clubs such as Spurs (I know!), Fulham, Leyton Orient or Arsenal. There was always a great atmosphere at all those places, including Highbury where we used to stand on the North Bank.

I don't think anyone needs reminding what the OS will be like if we allow it to end up like the Emirates - a library! If stands close to the pitch aren't approved we should not move!''

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