London Stadium has transformed the venue for four different sport and music events in just three months.
Work began after the final whistle of West Ham’s last home game against Southampton on May 4 for the Muse’s Simulation Theory concert on June 1.
The venue was then transformed 23 days after that into a ballpark for the first Major League Baseball games to be played in Europe. Clay for the pitchers’ mound and 345 tonnes of soil for the infield were shipped in from the USA. In total, 141,900 square feet of artificial grass was brought in from France and the perimeter fencing came from Canada, creating the stage for baseball teams – the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
As the last baseball fan left the stadium, work began immediately to prepare for the Muller Anniversary Games scheduled for July 20-21.
After the games, the Stadium will then finish its annual transformation cycle with a ten-day turn round to prepare for West Ham United’s friendly against Athletic Bilbao on August 3 and the first home-match of the 2019/20 Premier League season against Manchester City the following weekend.
Graham Gilmore, chief executive officer at London Stadium, said: “There is no other venue in the world that could stage Premier League football, Major League Baseball and international athletics, as well as a major concert, in less than three months.