It was revealed on Tuesday evening that West Ham’s new London Stadium home has finally found a naming rights sponsor.
Sky News broke the news that Vodafone were on the verge of agreeing a £20m deal to be the former Olympic Stadium’s naming rights partner.
The deal will supposedly be worth £3.3m-a-year, and every single penny will go to stadium owners LLDC. West Ham won’t see any of it.
It is now being widely claimed that the London Stadium will now be called the Vodafone Arena, which isn’t as bad as some of the rumoured alternatives that have been spread around the internet since last August.
However, that comes as little comfort to the fans who have quite rightly pointed out that although it’s not a bad name, it’s not the same as playing in a stadium called the Boleyn Ground or Upton Park.
When the news broke last night, fans instantly took to Twitter to give their thoughts on it.
The general feeling appears to be that although it’s not ideal, it’s not the end of the world either.
Here’s how the fans reacted to the Vodafone news on Twitter…
First it was Slaven Bilic, then we signed Gokhan Tore, now we're playing at the Vodafone Arena. We are literally morphing into Besiktas
— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) April 4, 2017
— James Jones (@jj2388) April 4, 2017
The London Stadium could be named the Vodafone Arena… it's got a ring to it
— Billy ⚒ (@Adrian_SMDC) April 4, 2017
The LS is set to be renamed the Vodafone Arena for the next 6 years, at £3.3m per year.
West Ham only get a share of anything over £4m pic.twitter.com/148tAdyVti
— Let’s Talk West Ham! (@Letstalkwhu) April 4, 2017
Vodafone Arena isn't a bad name to be fair…
BUT UPTON PARK IS A BETTER ONE!! pic.twitter.com/r0PSMRoGhk
— ⚒Steve O'Sullivan⚒ (@TheSullis) April 4, 2017
Besiktas's stadium is called the Vodafone Arena. Our ground could be called Vodafone Stadium. Oooh.
— Pride of East London (@prideofeastldn) April 4, 2017
The "Pay as you go Arena " has a nice ring to it #Vodafone
— alan saunders (@appyamma) April 4, 2017
Vodafone arena? I think I have literally had enough of West Ham
— Harry Payne (@HarryP_TIU) April 4, 2017