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13,000 still missing from London Stadium

Official minutes suggest that 13,000 season ticket holders still regularly miss West Ham games at the London Stadium.

The board minutes of the London Legacy Development Corporation in September this year reveal the number of those attending the West Ham v Leicester City game on 23rd August was 47,000 compared to the official attendance of tickets sold of 59,901 that was released.

The white seats show up obvious gaps of missing supporters in all West Ham games but the real number of bums on seats is rarely revealed.

The London Stadium revealed “Premier League football returned to the London Stadium for the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season, with a close to capacity crowd of 47,000 spectators watching West Ham United beat Leicester City on 23 August. The Stadium team, along with LLDC teams such as security and marketing and communications, worked hard to ensure a match day event which was safe and well organised.”

The absence figure represents almost 22% of the 60,000 capacity of the London Stadium but works out 29% of the estimated 45,000 season tickets assuming these are the main category of non-attendees.  If these seats had been re-sold on ticket exchange for an average of £40 that would raise over £500,000 per game of which around half would be credited back to supporters in the form of club cash. Those tickets if all sold could raise another £10m per season with around £5m credited back to supporters.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “13,000 still missing from London Stadium

  1. I’ve been a season ticket holder since we moved to LS and whenever I can’t attend I put my ticket on the exchange. In 10-15 attempts over the past 5 years my ticket has never sold so the club need to look into this.
    We do what we are asked to do but they never resell our tickets on.

  2. I’ve resisted my ticket on the ticket exchange three times and only sold once. Strangely though some people prefer to leave their seat empty and say things like they don’t like giving their money to the club. I can’t get my head round this kind of thinking because the more money the club makes the better we are off as a club, the better players we can afford etc, the better off we are as supporters.

  3. As season ticket holder I cannot attend every game but always put my seat on ticket exchange so that another supporter can have the opportunity of going. However the Leicester game was on a Monday night and I could not attend and the ticket exchange never happened because I believe it only opens when all the club’s tickets are sold. Also in recent match I was told that person in my seat for a previous match was an opposition supporter!

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