By Joe Ellis

8th Jun, 2022 | 9:52am

West Ham United: London Stadium development plans could hamper pre-season schedule

The traditional Betway Cup pre-season game West Ham United play every year is under threat of not happening this summer, according to Claret and Hugh.

The Hammers always tend to play their final warm-up to the Premier League season at home, the Saturday before the first competitive game of the season.

But the London Stadium is set to undergo developments to bring the West Stand closer to the pitch which will also reduce costs from £4.3million per season to just £2million.

The issue for the Irons though is that the work can’t yet get underway as there are a number of events to be held at our ground beforehand.

Soccer Aid is to be played on the hallowed turf on Sunday (12 June) before a Monster Jam event and a few music concerts towards the end of the month which doesn’t leave much time for a pre-season friendly at home.

Cost-effective

Under normal circumstances, there would be no issues in getting the London stadium back to being a football stadium again but this development obviously changes things.

It is a shame to not have a friendly at home that we can get fans to as a way of kicking our season off in a non-competitive environment but this is for the best.

Not only are we going to be able to save more than £2million per season on the facility, but the fans can get much closer to the action too which has been a major complaint from supporters since the switch from the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham will still have a packed pre-season schedule with trips abroad and games aplenty so David Moyes’ squad should be ready to go regardless come 6 August.

Those on international duty might need an extra week off prior to their training return but that will be the same for every Premier League side so we aren’t going to lose much in that regard.

In other West Ham news, Moyes and the club’s owners now know the price they will have to pay to sign one of the division’s most versatile players.

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