I can't honestly think of a better place in the world to be than at the Boleyn Ground, London, E13!
Just the thought of 30,000+ fans chanting/walking down Green Street in the sea of claret & blue is just one of the best experiences in the world.
I know we have to move on in life, but West Ham United FC wont be the same if we move to the Olympic Stadium, although I'm in favour of the move, I've had great memories walking down the back streets to the ground tanked up with pub food and beer on match days and watching the film Green Street reminds me of that!
I recently traveled with a couple of my college friends from the states to take in a match at Boleyn Ground and it was everything we hoped it would be. Though I am not a West Ham fan (Liverpool is my team, who I would see play the following night), I was in London for the weekend and was eager to get my first taste of the EPL.
When Americans think of English Football, West Ham, Upton Park, and Boleyn Ground are what we dream of. The area is not very nice. The pubs are plenty, and there is a huge lack of woman. Just as it should be. The language flying from the stands made sure you always knew where you were. Profanities were being hurled at the refs, the opposing team, and many of their own players. And not the profanities you hear at a typical sporting event in the states. I am talking about the ones that would get you immediately thrown out.
In what seems to be typical West Ham fashion, they lost 2-1 to Everton, despite controlling much of the game. But despite that, the crowd's intensity and fervor never wavered.
If you were to ask me where to go to get your first taste of English football I would no doubt recommend seeing a match here. Just leave your girlfriend at home.
My first ever Premier league game. It was everything I had anticipated. A gloomy, dark, misty night in Upton Park. The crowd was raucous and jubilant as the home team put on an offensive display. West Ham won 2-0 but could have easily put up 6 or 7 goals. A missed PK, 2 posts, a breakaway and several great opportunities. If the goalie from Hull City wasn't up to par it would have been a mashing. It also doesn't hurt when you win 50 quid betting on the home team. I love the fact that you can legally bet on football at the stadium with punters. They need to implement this in the states ASAP.
The pitch was in good shape with some brown spots here and there. It's an older stadium in East London with great sight lines and accoustics. We were able to see every bit of action even from our high up vantage point. The seats were very comfy without the arm rests between every seat. What really made the night was the crowd and atmosphere. The singing of Tiny Bubbles, chanting of Go You Irons and the backing of the home team are the stuff of legends. I've never heard the word fuck and cunt more in my entire life. It's inspiring to hear some of the creativity of the crowd at times.
After West Ham hit their 2nd post
"Oy, its gonna be un of em fuckin nights in't it"
Non-call for a foul in the box
"Wha you swallo ur whistle you fucking cunt."
10 seconds after a newly acquired player goes into the game
"Eh, he's no good send him the fuck back."
If I lived in London I'd have season tickets.
Great park. Was last there on 3/30/13 to see the hammers take down west brom 3-1!You really get the authentic English football experience that you don't get at the more corporate type places like the emirates. Also, don't read into the reviews for some of the pubs on green street. They are all very inviting unless you are wearing the other team's colors and even then, it probably is not a big deal unless you are looking for trouble.
ermhow on earth is this not five stars?? Time for me to do my bit here, I think!
As well as watching regular matches here, I've seen a few beam backs. The service on the beam backs is great. The food is of a good standard, and priced quite reasonably too. Nice to treat yourself to every once in a while.
In case anyone gets confused
Upton Park is the best stadium in the world Ever.
This is because West Ham are the best club in the world Ever.
Not necessarily to do with the football, not even i'm deluded enough to think we're amazing at that! The match day atmosphere is absolutely amazing, you can hear the upton park faithful singing from miles away - okay maybe a slight exaggeration but shh!
Just looking at my stadium makes me happy, for me its heaven and I don't care what anyone else chooses to think.
Toilets are ok, clean and well stocked and most importantly - PART OF THE STADIUM - take note Palace!!
Kiosks - average premiership prices though i generally sneak a bottle of coke in myself as £1.80 or roundabouts is a bit too much for a drink if you ask me!
The view - if you ignore the quality of the football sometimes(!) is great no matter where you are sitting.
The fans are the best, the kit is always the best (well we'll forget about the xl thing), the crest wins every time.
Come On You Irons!!
Wow, what an experience! Compared to the stadiums we know in Germany here you feel like your actually on the green! I was barely 10m away from the goal, no barriers, no nets, no fences instead great views and best atmosphere! I love the singing and chanting in the Premier League, really creative and rousing! This stadium seemed especially well organised to me, never have I seen 30.000+ people leave a venue in such orderly manner, it hardly took 15 mins and we were back on the Tube. I'm still excited and envy all of you who can come here on a regular basis!
Upton Park, or The Boleyn ground given it's correct name, is the home stadium of the most perennially under-achieving football team in the world. West Ham United FC.
These are not my words, but they are perfectly succinct.
However, go to an evening match with the floodlights, the crowd buzzing on a field of static anticipation, the turf shining under the lights, and there is no place like it. Old fashioned, down by the pitch, in their face...
There is something special about walk-to stadia as well. The sights and sounds, the crowds of strangers singing songs together, mad-cow burgers sizzling on makeshift barbecues, knock off shirts and cheap merch on stands, pubs overflowing with fans indulging too much, too soon. Ken's cafe, never ending, immutable. Always greasy, always busy. Oh, match day...
The area is a bit of a dump, yes, and the stadium is small compared to many and the MDF castle structures are a bit lame, but this place has character. This place drips in Character. This is football.
Bobby Moore played here you know. End of.
Can we please change the photo for the stadium?
Known for producing great attacking sides and Cup runs one of these years it'd be nice to see them be a force in the Premiership. maybe it's impossible under the current system where big money rules even more than ever but for that Trevor Brooking/Billy Bonds legacy let's hope one day we see West Ham finally win it all.
Authentic football atmosphere! One of the oldest and most well known clubs in English Football. If you wanna try watching a more known team like Arsenal or Chelsea I am sure you will have a good time. However, going to a West Ham game is one of my greatest experiences as a football fan that I've ever had. The fans have stuck around for years and they have one of the best chants in English football!! I've been to World Cup games and derbies around Europe and this definitely in one of the top experiences i've had as a fan!
Not just a football stadium although it's very lively when it is. They host a couple of events that include performances good food drink and presentations. They sometimes have workshops such as beauty workshops health workshops exercise workshops and more as well as promotional and information stools. There toilets are very well maintained with warm environment and feel. The stage isn't that big and they sometimes have different things going on in different rooms. Sometimes there are organisations that come in to do electronic questionnaires. Good venue for conferences and functions. So if ever your scraching you head for a location. Cost you a bit but your get quality
Not bad, all in all. Despite some rocky financial problem W'Ham remain defiant with the stadium extention plans which look as though they might not be good for the stock holders but the fans will appreciate the extra capacity.
What can i say but the best FOOTBALL CLUB in England.
What can I say o yh I'm forever blowing bubbles im west ham till I die
A good stadium, with a team that plays football with the correct philosophy. Outside the stadium walking in can be a bit intimidating; but once inside you are bound together by a solid fan base. West Ham do occasionally offer mega discounts for children making this a good family option sometimes.
Claret and blue run through my veins so going upton park is a must. I've been coming here since I was ten had the tattoo at sixteen, I've sat most places in the ground spent my birthday in a box which is expensive but worth every penny, the staff treat you like your part of there family in the boxes, you get to meet ex-players, eat, drink, place bets and relax in comfort, that's until the football starts and normally it all goes wrong for me then. I've seen a lot of changes over the years from the times when I used to stand up in the south bank as a boy, but it still has one of the best atmospheres of all the grounds I've been to and that's a lot of grounds. You also have the westham shop at the front, lots of places to grab food and drinks ( don't do this at half time it will take forever ) inside. A great day out for all the family and still not to expensive, especially if you go on a kid for a quid day .
Not just a football stadium although it's very lively when it is. They host a couple of events that include performances good food drink and presentations. They sometimes have workshops such as beauty workshops health workshops exercise workshops and more as well as promotional and information stools. There toilets are very well maintained with warm environment and feel.This is a good football club, but it is definetly not a place to take the family, because they have some loyal fans and when they lose, they cause trouble.
the boleyn ground has to be one of the most iconic stadiums in london why on earth whu want to leave the ground is beyond me i have been going there for the last 30 years the matchday atmosphere is totally awesome i dont think the olympic stadium will ever come close
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