Does London Stadium finally feel like home?

It’s been three years since West Ham last kicked ball on the Upton Park turf in a captivating 3-2 win against Manchester United, and the move to London Stadium has been riddled with controversy.

Before the short 3.8 mile switch over to Stratford took place, many Hammers fans were optimistic about being part of a 60,000-seater, with the prospect of European nights ahead.

West Ham moved from Upton Park to London Stadium in 2016/17

But that dream has vanished. From pitch invaders to protests, London Stadium has received much unwanted attention, nothing like the fans hoped for.

However, investment of over £100m on players last summer, coinciding with the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, certainly eased the pressure on co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold and a sense of optimism around the club was restored.

Former West Ham forward Stuart Slater feels that London Stadium should not be blamed for the negative performances. He said: “If the boys are putting a shift in and playing attractive football, I think the fans can generate that atmosphere.

“I do believe we have got to stop using that as an excuse.”

Thousands of West Ham fans packed the streets outside Upton Park to bid farewell to their home in 2015/2016

Upton Park was a remarkable place, a special ground with 112 years of memories attached; the fans had a connection which would always be impossible to replicate instantly at London Stadium.

The issue was the destruction of the Boleyn Ground. Fans were aggrieved by the decision to demolish the stadium forever, and that is something they will never forget for their lifetime.

You can listen to a short clip of Stuart Slater speaking about London Stadium below

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