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Bournemouth restricted to 57,000

Bubbles fill the air ahead of the qualifFollowing a meeting of the London Stadium Safety Advisory Group, Newham Council has formally agreed to increase the working capacity of the London Stadium to 57,000 (from 54,000) ahead of the Club’s first home Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth on Sunday 21st August.

All West Ham United Season Ticket Holders, Club London Members and Claret Members who have already been allocated tickets in the ballot for the game will be able to take their seats for the historic match, alongside AFC Bournemouth’s official allocation of away supporters.

Both of the opening two fixtures were hailed a resounding success by supporters and media commentators alike but the LSSAG has identified that standing in an all-seater stadium is dangerous and contrary to ground regulations.

The Club appreciates that many supporters across the country do stand at football matches, but London Stadium is licensed as an all-seater Stadium and persistent standing has posed a significant problem to many supporters, particularly young and disabled ticket holders.

LSSAG will continue to monitor the situation very closely and has noted that the Club has issued messages to supporters to remain seated throughout the game, and acknowledge that the Club will want to increase the capacity to 60,000 as soon as possible.

Vice Chairman Baroness Brady CBE said: “As a Board we must follow the guidance as set out by LSSAG to ensure more supporters are able to attend matches at our stunning new home.

“While an increased capacity of 57,000 is naturally a significant step forward for all concerned, we absolutely aim to operate at the full 60,000 capacity in the very near future.

“We respect the decision of LSSAG and Newham Council and will work closely with them, and with our supporters, so that we are able to reach a 60,000 capacity in the coming weeks.

“The SAG have identified that standing in an all-seater stadium is dangerous and that we must continue to communicate this to our supporters.”

Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold added: “We understand the traditions of football and that many supporters like to stand, but the reality is that the license is for all-seating. Therefore, we urge our supporters to watch the game from their seats.”

The Club will continue to work with LS185, London Borough of Newham, the LSSAG and all relevant authorities and partners to operate at the intended 60,000 capacity as soon as possible.


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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

One comment on “Bournemouth restricted to 57,000

  1. i remember when I once stood somewhere it was the most nerve racking moment of my life …the danger was everywhere ;P

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