Demolition works start at Upton Park
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The final game may have happened months ago, but it’s finally the end of an era for the Boleyn Ground.
The stadium, which West Ham United called home for 112 years, will soon disappear with demolition works set to start at the Upton Park ground today (Weds).
All the memories of Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst, Paolo Di Canio, Carlos Tevez and even last year’s heroics from Dimitri Payet will live on forever, although the ground will be flattened and turned into 842 new homes, 211 of which will be affordable.
The new housing, developed by Barratt London and Galliard Homes, will be known as Upton Gardens.
A West Ham United spokesman said: “Today is the start of an emotional process for the hundreds of thousands of West Ham United supporters who have such fond and special memories of the Boleyn Ground over the last 112 years.
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“Now the legacy of our famous old home will be felt throughout the area for years to come, with Barratt London committed to delivering a project that honours the site’s rich heritage.
“Rather than sell the land to the highest bidder, the West Ham United board elected to sell to the bidder who offered the best legacy for West Ham United, the Boleyn Ground and, most importantly, our community.”
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A number of companies involved in the building project marked the stadium’s final day with a charity match on the pitch yesterday (Tues).
Tom Olsen, finance director at Barratt London, said: “The entire team involved in redeveloping Upton Park recognises the heritage embedded here and we are keen to mark the start of its new era with an event that will benefit a variety of charities.”
Make sure you also check out our special interactive timeline charting West Ham’s move from the Boleyn Ground to the London Stadium.