By Will Butcher
David Gold believes the London Stadium is beginning to feel like West Ham’s home after a turbulent first season in Stratford.
The London Stadium has come under constant scrutiny this season, but was still voted Stadium of the Year for 2016 by five architectural experts on Wednesday.
Co-owner Gold replied to a fan on his personal Twitter account, stating that Hammers fans “can be proud of” the stadium, despite their home loss to Chelsea on Monday night.
I went to the stadium for the first time on Monday night expecting the worse. I have to say what a great place we should be proud
— Marcus McDonnell (@BoxRef) March 8, 2017
Is the new stadium perfect. No. Is it a great stadium that we can call home and it feels like home that we can be proud of. Yes. dg https://t.co/oNgAv36jNg
— David Gold (@davidgold) March 8, 2017
Security came under scrutiny once again this week as a fan almost made his way onto the pitch to confront the Chelsea players, who were celebrating after Eden Hazard put the Blues 1-0 up.
However, the situation was dealt with as Chelsea earned a 2-1 win to continue their domination at the top of the Premier League table.
The change in stadium had been previously blamed for the Hammers’ poor form, which saw Slaven Bilic’s side struggle to repeat the heroics of 2015-16.
Languishing above the relegation zone, just one win in their opening seven league games left the Hammers staring up at the rest of the table during the opening stages of the season.
Losing six of their 14 home league games this season, the Hammers have had to rely on away form to steer clear of a relegation fight with their latest victories on the road coming against Southampton and Crystal Palace.
The Hammers are in next in action on Saturday against Bournemouth away from the London Stadium, before returning to Stratford to face champions Leicester on March 11.
In other West Ham news, Andy Carroll delivers update on groin injury after 90 minutes against Chelsea.