West Ham co-chairman enthusiastic over Olympic stadium

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West Ham's co-chairman David Gold has expressed his delight at the Hammers prospective move from Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium.

Sam Allardyce's side were confirmed as anchor tenants of the Olympic Stadium earlier this year, signing a 99-year lease with the stadium in Stratford.

David Gold believes the move is an opportunity to develop West Ham as a club, and admits it will enable the club to compete with other London clubs such as Chelsea and Arsenal, who consistently challenge at the higher echelons of the Premier League.

The co-chairman stated it will signal a new era for the club, allowing more Hammers supporters to attend matches and subsequently help increase the fanbase.

The Olympic stadium will have a capacity of 54,000 when the Hammers become tenants from the 2016/17 season, a significant increase from the 35,000 capacity of Upton Park.

West Ham are planning to move into their new home by the 2016/17 season, and Gold see's this as a major positive for the east London club. 

"It's an opportunity. It's an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime," Gold told Sky Sports News.

"We have always been in the shadow of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

"There's no denying it, they have always been bigger clubs, they have had bigger stadiums and that's been the key.

"Our stadium all the way through the generations has never matched those three clubs.

"Therein lies the difficulty because we are probably not that far behind in terms of fan bases.

"You could argue Arsenal have reached their potential with their new stadium and everything. You could argue that with Chelsea with the huge money created by their owner.

"With West Ham we are now on our move, our surge."

Gold hopes the West Ham fans are as excited as he is about the future of the club, and he believes it'll transform the club into a prominent force in the Premier League. 

"I hope the fans are as excited as me," Gold added.

"It gives us a an opportunity to take our football club kicking and screaming into a new era

"A new era - and into a stadium that will be fit for purpose.

"It will have a facility for 54,000 which will give us the opportunity to have more affordable seating and more affordable football."

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