The London Stadium will get a claret pitch surround this week, reports the BBC.

As part of West Ham’s continuing efforts to make the rented ground feel like their own, the new carpet will be rolled out for the first time in the Hammers’ match against Leicester on April 20. 

Vice-chairman Karren Brady unveiled the alteration to the ground, describing the addition as “wonderful and long-awaited”. 

The previous green covering over the athletics track had been a major sticking point between the club and their landlords, and the result will be considered something of a major win by Irons bosses. 

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Brady went on to say: 

London Stadium is globally recognised as the home of West Ham United, and therefore it is only right that our traditional club colours are in prominent and key areas of the playing arena,

With 60,000 supporters in attendance at every Premier League fixture, a third stand named in honour of one of our greatest ever players, together with the new pitch surround, we have a stadium that truly has the look and feel of West Ham United.

West Ham’s move to the former Olympic Stadium was not received particularly well by fans, but on-pitch performances seem to have gone some way to easing those dissenting voices. Nevertheless, the Boleyn Ground-purists are sure to stay admirably true to their cause.


West Ham's final fixtures of the Premier League season