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West Ham Family seating finally revealed

IMG_8933It appears the mystery of the West Ham family seating area has finally been solved – well sort of!

Earlier this week the Guardian said: “A West Ham spokesman said the London Stadium did have a family section, with two blocks reserved in the Bobby Moore stand, and thus complied with Premier League guidelines.”

The Premier League handbook Rule R7 states “Each Club shall provide an area of its Stadium for the exclusive use of family group and junior supporters.”

Since West Ham won the deal to move to the former Olympic Stadium supporters have been asking whether the London Stadium would have a family stand like the old Sir Trevor Brooking upper but the club has never given a straight forward answer to that question.

But the location of the section remained a mystery for many and advisors at the reservation centre often claimed the whole stadium was family friendly so a family section was not required.

Claret and Hugh spoke a senior source within the club to clear the matter up.  “The family section exists in the Bobby Moore Upper”

We were told “If supporters were not offered it it would be for one of two reasons, either (i) they were not in the right band (and we were reserving it for supporters who sat in the equivalent area at the boleyn or (ii) it was sold out by the time they had their appointment. In both cases supporters would have been told that the whole stadium was family friendly”

But the source did concede it was not a dedicated and segregated area adding “It’s not a stand but is an area for families – so operates in exactly the same way as Upton Park other than its not structurally as segregated.”

One of these Bobby Moore Upper Sections is thought to be Block 249 and possibly block 250 next door.

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 “West Ham Family seating finally revealed

  1. How can it be “an area of its Stadium for the exclusive use of family group and junior supporters” when anyone can buy tickets in those blocks? Yet more smoke and mirrors from the Club!

  2. I’m in block 250 and I’ve never seen any trouble their. I’ve had to tell my 8 yr old son to close his ears a couple of times but apart from that it’s been good

  3. As nickh says – you can log on to the eticketing website and select tickets for Accrington Stanley in blocks 249 and 250 with no requirement to purchase a child ticket as well.

    The Club are being very devious with this as if you look at the current version of the Club Charter which is currently live on the website – this is what it states about the family stand:

    Family Friendly
    To promote and maintain a family-friendly atmosphere the Club has dedicated the Sir Trevor Brooking Stand Upper tier, with a capacity of 2,300 for the exclusive sale of tickets to family groups and junior supporters.
    Supporters wishing to sit within our family area can only do so on the provision that they are sat together, accompanied by a minimum of one Under-16 per two Adults/Young Adults/Over-65’s.

    http://www.whufc.com/Club/Corporate-Information/Club-Charter

    So the Charter says that they have a family area – but why will they not update the charter to reflect the new stadium. That’s just as bad about being lied to that they have one!

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