Thousands of fans excited to watch West Ham’s opening game in Stratford

PUBLISHED: 20:25 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:06 05 August 2016

Fans gathering at the London Stadium ready for West Ham Europa League qualifier

Fans gathering at the London Stadium ready for West Ham Europa League qualifier


Thousands of West Ham United fans are excited to kick-start life in their brand new home against Slovenian side NK Domzale in a Europa League qualifier tonight.

Chris Bartran, 26, from CornwallChris Bartran, 26, from Cornwall

The streets surrounding the Olympic Stadium filled with flags, claret and blue shirts and cheering fans getting ready for the opening match.

Fans excited and hoping to take the 112-year historic Upton Park atmosphere with them inside the 54,000 capacity ground to help their side overturn a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

Fan Chris Bartran, 26, who has travelled down from Cornwall, said: “I’m buzzing, it’s going to be so good, it was such a long journey.

“I’ve been here since really early, walked about lots and spent more than £90 in the club store.

Max Nosworthy, 40, from Perth, AustraliaMax Nosworthy, 40, from Perth, Australia

“It’s used to be so hard for me to come down and get a ticket, but I’m going tonight and staying down to go again on Sunday.”

Fans have clearly travelled far and wide for the historic opening night at the Hammers’ new ground, as they were across the country and a few even travelling all the way from Australia.

Max Nosworthy, 40, from Perth, Australia, said: “I was over in April for the last few games and I’ve managed to persuade the wife for me to come to this game.

“I’m staying over until the Man.City game at the end of the month, I’m really excited, as it looks amazing.

Janson Ragon, 43, from KentJanson Ragon, 43, from Kent

“I mean if you’re going to move on and compete with the big boys, this is exactly what was needed.”

Janson Ragon, 43, from Kent, said: “I’m excited for it, my nan used to live in East Ham, so I used to walk to the games.

“I came to the Olympic Games in 2012 and wasn’t sure it would be our ground, but it’s definitely the start of a new era.

“Coming here, it’s like a day at Wembley, but we get it every week.”

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