West Ham United reconfigures London Stadium ready for Europa League


Over the past 12 months English Premier League soccer side West Ham United has been preparing for Europa League football with improvements at its home London Stadium.

After securing Europa League football for next season, the club has been busy enhancing the matchday experience for their supporters at London Stadium starting with those sitting in the lower tiers behind each goal enjoying a new view of the action after a reconfiguration of London Stadium.

The club reconfigured the lower tiers Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking Stands, bringing them closer to the pitch and squaring them off as next step to improving the overall supporter experience at the stadium, and create a more traditional football stadium environment – something its supporters wanted and the club has delivered.

The reconfigured lower tier stands are designed to be compatible for rail seating, to allow them to be adapted in future should there be any changes to Premier League guidelines on safe standing.

These improvements have added to the latest enhancements at London Stadium, which include the naming of the Billy Bonds Stand in 2019 and introducing more Claret and Blue branding over the last year, with the designs also improving access to amenities on the concourse.

Safety rails have been also been installed for around 3,000 supporters in the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand upper tier, to ensure a safe experience for both home and away supporters. Elsewhere, a new state-of-the-art LED floodlight system is now in place for evening fixtures, including those eagerly-anticipated Europa League nights in 2021/22, to further enhance visibility and uniformity for players on the pitch and for supporters in their seats. In addition to benefits of clarity and brightness, the LED lights also improve energy efficiency and promote sustainability, acting as a longer-term solution for event lighting at the stadium.

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