Make no mistake about it, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 will go down as one of the great evenings to be a part of in the Genesis and evolution of the Olympic Stadium as the new home of West Ham United.
Whilst the airwaves and many other media outlets prefer to concentrate on the small number of skirmishes and outbreaks of trouble that were witnessed last night, and they were relatively minor I assure you, I shall confine myself to writing about what was an outstanding evening both on AND off the pitch.
As fans, we have all bemoaned the loss of the Boleyn ground and in particular, nights under the lights and the thrill of being a part of the cauldron-like atmosphere that intimidated so many visiting sides over the years. Many of us had our doubts about the capacity of the Olympic Stadium to deliver anything like such an environment but last night any doubts we may have had previously had were assuaged.
The atmosphere was different from the second we arrived at Stratford station. There was a buzz in the air, the like of which none of us had felt since May 10 when Manchester United were put to the sword at Upton Park. Cries of “Irooons” and impromptu choruses of Bubbles filled the streets and the causeways around the stadium and, in The Carpenters, the pre-match atmosphere akin to that at the Boleyn Arms prevailed, complete with the obligatory beer showers and dodgy dance routines from groups of well-oiled supporters!