THE FAMOUS East Stand at the Matchroom Stadium is set to get a facelift this summer as work begins on replacing all the seating in the upper section of the stand along with some re-configuration of the blocks.
The stand is the oldest at the stadium having first opened for the 1956-57 season and has seen millions of supporters come through its turnstiles to witness some of the most defining moments in the Club’s history.
Work is underway and supporters are welcome to come in and take away an old seat as a souvenir and should contact stadium manager Steve Copp for more if you have a specific seat you wish to acquire at [email protected]
otherwise due to the great response other seats will be available for free in the club shop during normal opening hours.
Orient Chief Executive Matt Porter is keen to improve the experience for supporters.
“The old seating in the East Stand is past its sell by date now and the time has come to replace it,” said Porter.
“It’s not fair on supporters to be asked to pay good money and sit on a seat which is small and often broken – we have seen the ease with which away fans are able to damage the seats if they want to and as these seats are out of manufacture, they are repaired with home-made efforts which is a time consuming job for our maintenance team.
“With the various changes that have been made to the stand in recent years it would make sense to reconfigure the aisles to match up with the access and egress routes and also remove the small barriers at either end, whilst keeping a small part of the old Directors Box as a segregation line.
“This will dramatically improve the comfort of supporters in that stand for next season and beyond and whilst it is an expensive process for us to undertake, it’s one that we feel is necessary now.”