SEAHammer wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:03 pm
The current 'owners
' the government are losing huge amounts of money, what on earth makes you think West ham would do better?
It costs them a huge amount of money to keep moving the seats, we wouldn’t have to move them if we owned it.
They are missing out on money from a naming rights deal, we would inevitably have one in place.
Those two factors alone would see the stadium move close to a break even position.
As for the notion that it can’t be adapted. That’s absolutely not true. There are many issues and obstacles but it absolutely can be adapted. The two main components needed are of course money and desire or willingness to change it. The current owners do not have enough of either.
Assuming we did end up with an owner who had the money and ambition, we’d still need to own it outright with full permission to remove the track and do away with any athletics legacy first and foremost.
We could then look at ways to either dig down and add a new lower tier (contaminated land and water table being an issue although not a show stopped here), or dismantle and rebuild it bit by bit, moving each side closer to the pitch from the ground up. Russians did this with the Luznicki.
Doing the later and keeping the sight lines within regulation would see you have a sizeable gap between the back of each stand and the outer surround of the stadium, although that could easily be filled with bars, restaurants, hotels rooms, conference suites etc... not too dissimilar to the O2 which has a ring of bars and restaurants around the outside of the arena but remains under one roof.
The roof could even be extended further too if it was really needed... Truth is, it can all be done, just that it would take an incredible amount of money to do it and at some point you have to ask if it would be better to just knock it down and start from scratch.
It’s a little bit like having a detached house and deciding that you are going to put a double extension across the front and the back and then along both sides then adding a new roof too... it may be cheaper to flatten the house you have and then build your dream home from scratch whilst you rent for a year or two.