It’s an exciting time for the Premier League, as West Ham move their home ground to a rather well-known location: London Stadium, formerly the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium! Yes, this is the stadium where the London 2012 Olympics took place in the regenerated heartlands of East London: a state-of-the art facility surrounded by landscaped green parks, trees, and lots to do when you’re not watching the football.
Here are some fun facts about the stadium and West Ham to mark the occasion!
1. The Olympic Stadium was closed for transformation works from 2013. Now, newly reopened, it has room for 54,000 people, the third highest capacity in England. It has 995 toilets, 35 food kiosks and 92 turnstiles.
3. When you’re not watching the football, you can climb the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower nearby, the UK’s tallest sculpture, and take in fantastic views over London. You can also whizz to the bottom in the world's longest tunnel slide!
4. You can even stop by the London Aquatics Centre for an Olympics-style swim!
5. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which surrounds the stadium, is full of lush meadows, gardens, waterways and play areas, perfect for spending some time before the match!
6. Famous fans of West Ham include actor Ray Winstone, boxer Lennox Lewis, and comedian and actor Russell Brand – keep your eyes peeled at your next match in case you bump into them!
7. The East end of London is famous for cockney rhyming slang. Though it’s less common these days, you’ll occasionally hear phrases like ‘having a bubble’ (bubble bath – laugh), or ‘have a butchers’ (butchers hook – look).