Installation of signs commemorating West Ham United legends Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking and continued work on the retractable seating are among the latest changes made to the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Premier League club’s first match there on Thursday (August 4).
The North Stand of the Stadium, built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has been named after World Cup winning captain Sir Bobby, while the South Stand will be dedicated to Sir Trevor, who made 528 appearances for the Hammers during his career.
Both players also had ends of their previous home, the Boleyn Ground, named after them in recognition of their contributions to the club.
A total of 86 claret and blue banners have also been installed, accounting for 88 per cent of the external ring at the venue.
West Ham United claim they will be fully in place for their opening Premier League game at their new home on August 21 against Bournemouth.
The other 12 per cent will be comprised of giant screens, due to be ready at some point in the football season following delays with planning permission.
The club insists the process regarding moving the retractable seating is going “extremely well” after the repositioning of the lower tiers on three sides of the Stadium began last week, with West Ham’s first match - a UEFA Europa League qualifier against Slovenian side NK Domzale - fast approaching.
Around £272 million ($360 million/€322 million) has reportedly been spent to convert the site for use as a Premier League ground.
West Ham will pay £15 million ($20 million/€18 million) towards the conversion of the Stadium to make it suitable for both football and athletics.
“West Ham's Board have gone to huge lengths to ensure the Stadium will have a familiar feel when the Hammers’ fans pour through the turnstiles for the first time in the coming days,” a statement from the club read.
Tickets for the clash with NK Domzale, who won the first leg 2-1, have gone on general sale but the club still expect the match to be watched by a 54,000-capacity crowd.
They are also confident a pre-season friendly with Juventus on August 7 will sell out.
West Ham’s move into the Olympic Stadium has caused controversy, particularly after the deal was made public in April.
It revealed the club would pay just £2.5 million ($3.3 million/€3 million) per year to rent the Stadium.