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Fans on OS in athletics mode


Filed: Thursday, 10th August 2017
By: Staff Writer


Fans of athletics have been sharing their views on the Olympic Stadium during West Ham United's enforced absence.

Despite Vice Chair Karren Brady's insistance that West Ham would be able to veto any non-football events taking place inside the stadium during the football season, the Hammers are unable to play at the arena until the beginning of September as a result of the World Championships taking place this month.

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That has left Slaven Bilic's side being forced to play their four four matches of the 2017/18 campaign - three Premier League fixtures ands the second round of the Carabao Cup - away from home.

But what do the current inhabitants of your season ticket seats make of the stadium? A quick look at Athletics Weekly's popular forum suggests that some are suffering the same issues encountered by a good many West Ham supporters last year.

"Unless you pay top dollar, and possibly even then, it really is a crap stadium to watch athletics in," wrote forum user Ursus.

"It scrubs up well and generates a lot of noise, which looks great on TV and is probably good for the athletes. But if youíre in with the paying masses, itís very hard to follow some of the field events, most of the competitors look like midgets and you get no sense of just how impressive the athletes and their performances really are (which for me is the whole point).

"The applaud anything rent-a-crowd was out in force and the refreshments were a complete rip off, as is always the case at sports grounds and in London generally. And then the logistics...

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"On the way in, we were diverted away from the tunnel out of the station due to overcrowding. On the way back, it was 55 minutes from rising from our seats to being in a moving tube. Given it was a 10 pm finish I suspect that will have caused quite a few problems.

"There was very little crowd control or information coming from the staff. This ought to be a slick operation, but just seems to get worse every time I go. I probably wonít bother with any future Anniversary Games."

Those thoughts were echoed by fellow forum member SteveK26. "I was literally right at the top of the stands on Friday night but the stadium infrastructure obscured my view of both screens," he wrote.

"Without binoculars it would have been very difficult to track Mo Farah's progress. And the thought of climbing all the steps back up to my seat stopped me from quenching a growing thirst! A good atmosphere, but hated the booing. Thats just not for me."

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However not all were disappointed by the OS experience; HarryHill1, for one, was delighted to be back at what he referred to as a "fantastic stadium".

"The organisation was exceptional, the people very friendly and even transport was superb (as I always find)," he wrote. "I was at home on the sofa with a cup of tea two-and-a-half hours after leaving the stadium."





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