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Boleyn Ground, London

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The Boleyn Ground, often referred to as Upton Park, is an association football stadium located in Upton Park, east London. Since 1904, it has been the home of Premier League side West Ham United F.C., with their predecessors Thames Ironworks playing their home games at Hermit Road. The stadium was also used shortly in the early 1990s by Charlton Athletic during its years of financial difficulty. The current seating capacity of the ground is 35,016.HistoryThe club rented Green Street House and grounds in the Municipal Borough of East Ham from the Roman Catholic Church from around 1912. Green Street House was known locally as Boleyn Castle because of its imposing nature and an association with Anne Boleyn, who had either stayed at or, as some believe, owned the house. The ground is said to be haunted by one of her maids who died in childbirth. Hence renting the grounds of "Boleyn Castle" the name Boleyn Ground came into being. Today the ground is far more commonly known as Upton Park, after the Upton Park, London area in which it is located.In August 1944, a V-1 flying bomb fell on the south-west corner of the pitch. This forced the team to play its games away from home while repairs were undertaken, but it did not affect performances as West Ham managed nine consecutive victories. Upon their return to the ground in December, they lost 1–0 to Tottenham Hotspur. The record attendance is 42,322, against Tottenham Hotspur in a Division One (Old) match on 17 October 1970, when the North and South Banks were terraced, as was the old 'Chicken Run' to the front of the East Stand. The record attendance at Upton Park since it has become an all-seater is 35,550, recorded against Manchester City on 21 September 2002 in a Premier League match.
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  • Great tour with friends at upton park at the last home game of the west ham ... wonderful
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  • Had to go and visit here before they start working on knocking it dowm, A little bit sad knowing its never going see another game of football again. Was such a wonderful stadium. Will be sad to see it...  read more »
  • A beautiful Stadium with hotel, the rooms show directly on the field of play. However, you must give the room on game day because you are simultaneously the VIP boxes. The atmosphere is terrific. Unfortunately, this stadium will be demolished.
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  • Lovely memories of Upton Park. I lived close-by in Spencer Road, East Ham and if I couldn't get to see the match I knew what the score was by how loud the cheers/boos were. I recall having to change my wedding date in1966 to 19th March because West Ham were playing at home the week before and we wouldn't have got the cars anywhere near the Church of St. Albans (now replaced by a block of flats) or our house. There certainly wouldn't have been any room for visitor's cars. Thank you Upton Park ground for great times - the chicken run wasn't so bad though we preferred to be standing behind the goal leaning on the posts. I went with my father and my uncles but now, at the age of 73, I recall the childlike/teenage/adult pleasure of my trips to the ground. Seeing Bobby Moore was always a thrill and at our recent Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations, a photo of Bobby holding the World Cup, together with Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters was prominently displayed on the wall. Well, we did win the world cup that year didn't we Hammers? Close-by was the Boleyn pub where a blind pianist used to play: I actually got up and sung in this pub. Happy days. Here's wishing all players and West Ham fans happy times in the new stadium. Good luck be with you - and a bit of skill of course....
  • Not bad ground. Only problem it carol brady and owner because west ham will end bankrup under this clowns. Just look at brimingham city they killed as club. New stadium should.t been football ground it owner by british public. Lord Brady tory scum buying of boris village idiot for west ham to get stadium it joke. Please band women football it mans game. Brady is scum
  • As a West Ham fan I say we do not deserve the Olimpic Stadium. Arsenal deserve because they done the last minute turn around with Tottenham. We do not deserve.
  • As a West Ham fan my review will be a bit bias. There are toilets provided, when I have used the toilets they appeared to be kept clean however there is no hot water. Great view from all seats. Kiosks are available however the lines can get long but generally go down quickly. Alcoholic drinks are not allowed at the seats and bottle kids are taken away. Would be great if I could keep my lid to avoid my drink going flat. Close to a number of bus stops and Upton Park train station. I don't want West Ham to move!!
  • The best ground in the Premier League and a stadium very close to my heart being an East London lad. Going to miss this tremendous ground when West Ham United move to the Olympic Stadium in the summer.
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