This season sees the Hammers play their last ever season at Upton Park, their home for 112 years. 2016 sees a new era for West Ham, as they begin their stint at the Olympic stadium, amongst much controversy from supporters and representatives of other clubs.
There is much speculation about what this move will mean for the club, and many are excited. For West Ham fans, the move brings an end to what has been their' home away from home', their 'escape from reality', and a new period begins.
It will be hard to leave, with so many memories attached to such a historically rich stadium, including the likes of Bobby Moore, Trevor Brooking and Paulo di Canio all to have graced the hallowed turf.
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It also plays on many fans minds that some of those who have moved stadiums previously have experienced a rapid decline in form, and fallen through the leagues, including Coventry and Southampton before their recent climb to European football.
Let's also not forget that Arsenal have not quite reached the form of the 03/2004 invincibles since their move to the impressive Emirates stadium in 2006.
Despite this, the Olympic Stadium will present a future of opportunity and excitement for the West Ham faithful. The stadium is as impressive as it gets, with 54,000 white seats, and retractable seating, amidst a beautiful claret and blue exterior.
Matchdays will be transformed, sitting in an arena suitable for the best teams in the World. Such an arena builds a solid foundation for West Ham, and this infrastructure may provoke investment, as we have seen with Manchester City, after their move to the Etihad Stadium.
It has the potential to attract better players and management also, and can allow the Hammers to push for European football, something the fans crave. Despite the upset of leaving their home for so long, the Olympic Stadium is good news for West Ham and is the foundation for a push to become a top English club.
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