Exciting times lie ahead for West Ham - very exciting times indeed.
The Hammers have enjoyed a fine season in the Premier League under the tutelage of Slaven Bilic, with summer signing Dimitri Payet and co. causing a number of upsets throughout the campaign.
Victories over Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea mark what could be the dawn of a new era for the Irons, especially so with a new home awaiting them next season.
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Yes, West Ham are due to move from the Boleyn Ground to the Olympic Stadium, and to further add to the excitement building around the historic change of scenery, their first opponents have been announced.
Champions League football now appears out of the question for next campaign, but welcoming Paul Pogba’s Juventus to Stratford is a fine way to break in a new stadium.
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The Hammers will host an opening ceremony and take on the Old Lady for the Betway Cup on August 7 in front of 60,000 fans.
Joint-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold have since commented on the prospect of facing one of Europe’s heavyweights.
They told West Ham’s official website, per the Daily Mail: “We are delighted to be marking such a monumental day in West Ham United's history by welcoming one of the world's biggest clubs to our fantastic new home.
“It was always our intention to open the new 60,000-capacity Stadium on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with a fixture fitting of the occasion, and the visit of the reigning Italian champions Juventus is most certainly that.
“We are hugely excited and honoured by this wonderful opening fixture against a historic club which shares many of the values we cherish here at West Ham.
“There has been an enormous amount of work done over the past few years to ready the stadium for our first game and we cannot wait to show our fans and the wider football world how incredible it will look.
“This will be a game you'll want to tell your grandkids you were at. Sunday, August 7 just can't come soon enough!”
However, West Ham’s success in their new stadium next season will largely depend upon whether they can keep star player Payet this summer, the Frenchman a reported target for a number of Europe’s elite.
Payet has enjoyed a phenomenal debut campaign in east London, scoring 12 goals in all competitions and establishing himself as a free-kick specialist.
Such has been his influence at Upton Park that he was amongst the six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year award, which was given to Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez on Sunday night.
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