Ever since it was confirmed that we would be moving to the Olympic Stadium there has been lots of speculation about where the away fans will be located.
Some fans would much prefer to have the away lot located on the bottom tier and near to a rowdy section of the home support in order to boost the atmosphere, while other would rather they were stuck up at the top in the gods and out of the way from everyone else.
But recent planning permission documents released by the LLDC suggest away fans will be allocated both the lower and upper tier at the Olympic Stadium.
The diagram outlines a 5% zone which, according to westhamtillidie.com, is the likely standard away allocation totalling 2,700.
It also shows a 15% zone (8,100 seats), which is thought to be where the away allocation would be increased for FA Cup matches – a requirement for that competition – and games where away demand is particularly high.
And then the extra 50% zones are probably to outline where fans would be split during international matches.
What is quite alarming, and which westhamtillidie.com quite rightly points out, is that some current band 4 season ticket holders may be forced in to buying a seat in the upper tier and further away from the action that their current seat at the Boleyn Ground.
This is down to the fact the lower tier at the Olympic Stadium is believed to about 19,000 seats in capacity, which means it’d be almost impossible to fit the current 9,000 band four season ticket holders alongside the other three bands in that tier.
Only time will tell, of course, but this will give us a good indication as to what to expect at our new home in August 2016…