In the early 20th century, West Ham played its home matches at the Memorial Ground in Canning Town, but after a dispute over the rent was forced to look for a new home. They found a bare field used by a Roman Catholic school, and soon reached an agreement with the Catholic authorities for its use.
West Ham played its first match at Boleyn Ground on the 1st of September 1904. Just over 10,000 spectators saw the home side beat Millwall 3-0.
Boleyn Ground received its name from a house that stood next to the ground, called Boleyn Castle, and which supposedly had been home to Anne Boleyn. These days Boleyn Ground is more commonly referred to as Upton Park.
The ground was initially a basic affair, but got soon expanded, first in 1919 with a new East Stand and later in 1925 with a new West Stand and terracing at the short ends. This lifted capacity to about 40,000.
Boleyn Ground got heavily damaged in the Second World War when it got hit by a V-1 bomb, but was soon rebuilt.
In 1961 a roof was added to the North Bank, which meant that all stands had cover. The ground underwent its last major change before the 1990s when in 1969 a new East Stand was built.
Boleyn Ground recorded its highest attendance of 42,322 during a match with Tottenham Hotspur in 1970.
The stadium underwent a major redevelopment in the mid 1990s when it got converted into an all-seater. The works included the construction of two new stands at the short ends and major refurbishments on the other stands. Boleyn Ground received its current shape in 2001 with the opening of a new West Stand, which raised capacity to its current level.
Despite these renovations, Boleyn Ground remains a limited ground with few options for expansion. West Ham has therefore recently started looking into the option of moving away to a new stadium.
The club is currently hoping to move into the recently built London Olympic Stadium in 2014, after several adjustments will have made it ready for football.
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Due to long queuing at Upton Park after the match, one can opt to walk to either Plaistow or East Ham tube station (both on the same line), or north to Forest Gate train station.
Buses that serve the stadium are line 5 (from Romford and Canning Town), 58 (from Walthamstow), 104 (from Stratford), 115 (from Aldgate), and 376 (from Beckton). These buses either pass the stadium on Barking Road or on Green Street.
If arriving by car from the north circular A406, leave for Barking/East Ham A124. Turn west onto Barking Road, continue for about 1.5 miles, and turn right into Green Street.
From the City take the A13 east to Canning Town, then follow the signs for East Ham A124, and after a little more than 1.5 miles turn left into Green Street. There are few parking possibilities on matchdays though.
There is a club car park with 20 accessible parking spaces for home and away supporters available on request. Drop of facilities are available.
Both home and away fans can use accessible toilets inside the stadium. The club shop is accessible for all fans and does not have a low level serving counter. Catering kiosks in the home and away sections for supporters who are wheelchair users do have low level serving counters and so are fully accessible. The club does have a hearing loop. Match commentaries are available on request. Facilities for assistance dogs are not available. The concourses do not have rest areas included.
Home supporters have between 111 spaces for wheelchair users available to them, and these can be found at pitchside and on raised platforms. 6 spaces for wheelchair users can be found on a raised platform in the home section for away supporters.