Expert: let’s knock down West Ham’s Olympic legacy stadium

A football ground expert has recommended that the iconic London Stadium, used in the 2012 Olympics and currently the home of West Ham United, should be knocked down.

Paul Fletcher, a former striker who has advised on stadiums across Britain in places like Coventry and Huddersfield, said the stadium should be rebuilt to suit football spectators.

“Either we go on as we are for the next 30 or 40 years or we knock it down and start again,” he told the BBC.

“Something has to give. If you want to satisfy spectators the only way to get those spectators near that pitch is to knock it down and start again.

“I said what you must do is design a football stadium that converts to an athletics stadium for two weeks of its lifetime.

“When I build my football stadiums, my number one concern is the spectator.

“What they’ve done is tried to convert an athletics stadium into a football pitch and, in my opinion, it doesn’t work.

“The building was almost built when they started to talk to West Ham,” he added.

The comments come after there was significant disorder at the EFL Cup match at the ground last week.

Fans were believed to have thrown coins, plastic bottles and seats during the fixture with Chelsea, and some may now face bans.

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