Excitement building ahead of ‘historic’ first West Ham match

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 August 2016

West Ham are moving to the Olympic Stadium (picture: WHUFC)

West Ham are moving to the Olympic Stadium (picture: WHUFC)


Fans’ excitement is growing ahead of West Ham United’s first game in their new home following their move from the 112-year-old Boleyn Ground.

The club will kick off at the Olympic Stadium for the first time on Thursday, when they play Slovenian side NK Domzale in the Europa League, aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

Australian Ricky Dunn,who has moved to the UK to follow his team, is among those looking forward to the historic match.

The 31-year-old said: “I’m really excited, I’m sure it will not be quite the same, but it’s a part of history.

“I was in Greece on holiday, using all of my data, making sure I got my tickets for the games.”

West Ham are set to host Italian champions Juventus in their second match at the stadium on Sunday.

“Sunday is only a friendly, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world,” Ricky added.

“I put in for a season ticket last August, but missed out, which I was gutted about. I’m now in the ballot for the first Premiership game, so hopefully I can get one.”

That first Premier League game will be on Sunday, August 21 against Bournemouth.

Tony Hogg, 68, will continue his duties of selling fan magazine The Ex at the new ground.

He said: “Although I was initially in denial about the move from Upton Park to Stratford, we have all got to move on at some stage and progress.

“Without a doubt, it will take the club to the next level and that should be Champions League football.”

“I’m looking forward to meeting all my friends from the good old days at Upton Park and will be selling the Ex magazine as usual.”

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