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66,000 capacity might need to wait for Europe

London Stadium owners LLDC have admitted that raising the capacity to 66,000 would be a challenge and costly while an increase to 62,500 was very doable.  LLDC CEO Lyn Garner speaking to London Stadium members last week explained that a new contract had a financial formula for an increase to 62,500 but a capacity increase to 66,000 was complicated.

Garner explained that new planning permission was be required for an increase to 66,000 plus extensive studies on the knock-on effect on transport, toilets plus food and beverage stalls.

The CEO  said they weren’t completely ruling it out but the LLDC would need to work hand in glove with West Ham to achieve such a large capacity increase which would be expensive. Asked whether West Ham would need to qualify for Europe to justify just a capacity increase Garner joked ‘potentially’.

The Hammers pay around £3.25m per year for a capacity of 60,000 which is when index-linked with West Ham paying around £83 per year for each of the extra 3000 seats added in January.

The Hammers will need to pay another £83,000 per year to take capacity to 62,500 meaning the cost of each of the 2,500 seats drops to £33 per year.

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

4 comments on “66,000 capacity might need to wait for Europe

  1. There was 79 000 there for the muse concert.13.000 more
    than the increase. the seats are there the transport and toilets have been tested and I can’t believe that the catering people are going to complain about 6.000 more people spending money.

  2. Instead of 62500 make it 63000 so it’s the biggest in London worry about the other 3000 later COYI!!!

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