Slaven Bilic: Olympic Stadium so different to Upton Park
Last Updated: 12/02/16 11:41pm
Slaven Bilic accepts it will be impossible for West Ham to replicate the atmosphere created at Upton Park in midweek, when they move to the Olympic Stadium next season.
The East End ground was rocking on Tuesday when the Hammers beat Liverpool 2-1 in their FA Cup replay, with Angelo Ogbonna heading a last-gasp winner during extra time.
And Bilic admits the club will miss that special feeling of playing under the lights at the Boleyn Ground when they move to their new home this summer.
He said: "We will miss that. It's a different stadium, it's going to be a different atmosphere.
"It would be very, very hard, almost impossible, to get that kind of atmosphere at the new stadium.
"Like it's impossible for Arsenal to get that atmosphere at the Emirates. It's not the same.
At Upton Park and Highbury, the old stadiums, the stands are as close to terraces as you can get.
"I am not saying it is better or worse. At Upton Park and Highbury, the old stadiums, the stands are as close to terraces as you can get.
"It was almost like terraces, you are so close to the players, whether you sit or stand. In the new stadium it will be great to watch, it's unbelievable comfort-wise.
"People who went to the Rugby World Cup told me the sound and atmosphere is unbelievable. It's very, very acoustic.
"It will be great. It will be a great stadium, definitely. But if you ask me about the late-night kick-off, in the FA Cup, a little bit chilly, you cannot beat Upton Park."