The transformation of London’s Olympic Stadium into West Ham United’s Premier League home is gathering pace.

The first of the 500-tonne 14 triangular floodlights that sit atop the venue’s roof has started to be dismantled, which will all be taken down and replaced by lights underneath a redesigned square roof which will cover all the seats. 

Other conversions include making some of those seats retractable so that the running track can remain in place, whilst the capacity of the iconic arena will reduce from 80,000 to approximately 55,000.

West Ham United’s vice-chairman, Karen Brady, told the club’s website: “This marks a key milestone in the stunning, £200m transformation of the Olympic Stadium – one that will culminate in an iconic new home for our club.”

The Hammers were approved as the preferred bidder to use the stadium long-term in December 2012.

The £200m renovation will be partly met by the British taxpayer. Before the Premier League side vacate the Boleyn Ground and occupy their new home for the 2016-17 season, the stadium will host some matches in the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup.

Posted on 20/11/2013