London Stadium overgoes major overhaul

23 Jun, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

The London Stadium has undergone a massive overhaul this weekend as Major League Baseball comes to the capital, with a huge overhaul taken place over the last two weeks to get the stadium ready.

MLB will hold two regular season events at the home of the Hammers, with the St Louis Cardinals squaring off against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and Sunday. The two games are the continuation of the MLB’s International Series, which started in 2019 but was paused due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

London Stadium workers have been busy installing two massive dressing rooms, each big enough for an MLB team and staff, which will now be permanent parts of the stadium from now on. The locker rooms, which for this weekend have been decked out with Cardinals and Cubs logos and colouring, are just off the tunnel used by West Ham, closer to the field than the football dressing rooms.

As part of the major overhaul at the stadium, officials imported 345 tonnes of clay from Pittsburgh, which will be used on the infield and will be stored in London to be used next year.

Last time out, many of the units and much of the turf went back to the States to be used in the iconic Field of Dreams game, but this time it’ll stay – proving MLB’s commitment to London.

A total of 144,000 square feet of artificial turf has also been imported to the UK, and will sit on top of West Ham’s usual playing surface. The stadium will return to Premier League standard within five days of the final out on Sunday afternoon.


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