West Ham increase Olympic stadium capacity to 60,000
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West Ham United have increased the seating capacity at the Olympic Stadium to 60,000 following a massive demand for seats at their new home ground.
The release of 6,000 extra tickets will make the new stadium the joint-largest in London alongside the Emirates.
It also makes the new venue the second largest in the Premier League behind Old Trafford.
Vice-chairman Karren Brady said she was delighted that more fans will be able to enjoy the team’s debut at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
She said: “Today’s announcement is further evidence of the upward trajectory of this club.
“We are on course for what could be our most successful Premier League Performance ever and our ambitions to finish in the top six and break into Europe are very much within reach.
“West Ham fans are famous the world over for their wonderful support.
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“They have demonstrated this once again at matches this season and in the way that they embraced the move to the new ground.”
The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, also welcomed the move.
He said: “The Stadium is an iconic venue and it is fantastic that even more people will be able to see football in a high quality setting.
“Our investment in the stadium was all about giving as many Newham residents as possible to see top class sport in the borough.”
David Edmonds, chairman of E20 which is responsible for converting the Olympic park, added: “it is fantastic to see such a high demand for West Ham United tickets as it shows how eager people are to watch football the Stadium.
“It will also give more people the opportunity to enjoy Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s beautiful parklands, historic waterways and unrivalled sports facilities.”
The Hammers last game at the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park will be against Manchester United on May 10 ahead of their move to the Olympic stadium in August in time for the 2016-17 football season.