London: West Ham hope to gain 3,000 seats

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London: West Ham hope to gain 3,000 seats They enjoyed occupancy of over 99.9% during their first season at London Stadium, now West Ham hope to have additional 3,000 seats available for the 2017/18 campaign.


During the finished Premier League season West Ham United for the first time left Upton Park and settled in London Stadium. This caused a huge, 63% spike in attendance, increasing turnout from 34,910 to 56,972.

The latter number represents occupancy of over 99.9%. Granted, it's only the number of tickets sold rather than people showing up, but this still means ticket demand exceeds capacity.

London Stadium© sbally1

It's thus no wonder that West Ham co-owner David Gold has today confirmed continuing efforts to increase matchday capacity. The club is in talks with stadium owner (E20), operator (LS185) and the Newham Council over the chances to let more people inside.

At present the club is allowed to use 57,000 of the 60,010 seats available. This is due to safety concerns which were reaffirmed in early games of the past season. However, with each passing game the situation was improving.

Also, there is more time to negotiate now as WHU will play their first three games away. During that time the stadium will be converted back from athletic to football layout.