London Stadium capacity to increase for West Ham games
PUBLISHED: 13:56 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 19 November 2018
West Ham will be able to sell an extra 3,000 seats for their games "as soon as possible" in the first step towards being able to accommodate a capacity crowd of 66,000.
The club and its landlord, E20, announced that a plan had been agreed which allows the top flight side to sell more matchday tickets, ending the long-running litigation surrounding the capacity at the London Stadium.
It means that, subject to regulatory permissions, the club will soon be able to sell up to 60,000 tickets a game and leaves scope to expand it by an additional 6,000 in the future.
The stadium has been operating with a reduced 57,000 capacity since West Ham moved in two years ago.
In a joint statement, Lyn Garner, CEO of E20 and Karren Brady, Vice Chairman of West Ham United, said: “West Ham United and E20 will now work together to maximise this magnificent stadium for the benefit of fans, our community and the public purse.
“Both parties are fully committed to making the London Stadium the jewel in London’s crown that we all know it can be.”
The agreemement will mean that some of the 52,000 supporters on the season ticket waiting list will be able to obtain an annual pass, which will be a financial boost to both West Ham and E20.
Once the stadium can operate with a 66,000 capacity, it will overtake Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium as the second largest in the Premier League - behind only Manchester United’s Old Trafford.