East Stand Redevelopment Postponed

Last updated : 25 January 2002 By Mike Reich
At last night's Bond Holder's meeting, it emerged that the club have postponed the redevelopment of the East Stand of the Boleyn Ground.

The West Stand or 'The Dr Martens Stand' (as it is officially known) or 'The Rio Stand' (as it is known by the fans) has all but been completed, and work was expected to being on the East Stand this summer. The West Stand is still being finished in places, with minor niggles being ironed out, and there are still contractors on site.

The pitch was due to have been moved over a while ago, but has been postponed till the end of the season, due to the club's current great home form. The pitch will be moved over to be equidistant between the old East Stand and the new Dr Marten's Stand in the summer.

Chris Manhire, a director at West Ham, and the club official in charge of the building work addressed the bond holders last night with Managing Director Paul Aldridge, explaining the various reasons behind the delay.

It would seem that although planning permission had already been gained, further conditions with extra costs have been made clear, and the club have decided to resolve these planning matters before starting the work.

They were both adamant that the stand will be rebuilt, but it is a matter of getting the right timing, rather than just giving the go-ahead regardless.

It may be that the board wish to release more funds to Glenn for transfers, and take that required money out of the kitty that had previously been set aside for the building work still to be done.