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Hammers face low attendance

By Sean Whetstone

After breaking the club’s highest attendance when 62,443 bought tickets for the West Ham v Manchester City Premier League clash, the Hammers are now facing one of their lowest attendances at the London Stadium this Thursday against Viborg FF.

The ticketing website shows availability in every stand with over fifty per cent unsold.

Thursday night’s UEFA Europa Conference against Viborg has failed to capture the imagination that the Europa League did last season when many games sold out.

The lowest attendance at the London Stadium to date excluding pandemic restrictions was 24,833 when the Hammers faced Macclesfield Town in 2018

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The European game comes on the day of train strikes which has undoubtedly been a large factor but the pricing of the game, being a qualifying early round, families on summer holidays and the cost of living crisis will have surely added to a perfect storm that has effected the lack of sales for this game.

According to club insiders, the Hammers are expecting a gate between 30,000 and 33,000 on Thursday which will make the second lowest attendance without restrictions since 2016.

Ticket prices start at just £5 for U18s and £20 for Adults for the lowest bands with £65 for adults in the 1966 seats in the West stand.

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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

8 comments on “Hammers face low attendance

  1. I think they really misjudged the pricing on this one. Far too expensive for a game of this magnitude but yes train strike is the final nail in the coffin.

  2. For me train strike is the major factor as vast majority of fans get there by rail. I am hoping DLR runs as will park at a eExcel Centre and travel from there.
    Agree about tickets, ours cost £40 each when booked early.for Seasonv ticket holders. Poor as I am pensioner and son disabled.

  3. Another piece of poorPR. I mean how does this board and club manage to do this .
    £7.30 for fizzy p***. Screwed up signings. Over priced catering. Over priced tickets
    The list goes on.
    It’s embarrassing

  4. Look on the bright side, if you do pay up and make it there…you can at least get a cheap beer and pie.

  5. Yes I’m afraid I must agree as my wife and I are pensioners with accessibility issues, and the train strike is a massive factor not just midweek but the news from Chiltern is slashed services Sunday with buses subbing in – we are snookered.

  6. i am surprised west ham never saw the prices were too high in advance, its a half price game, maybe offer remaining tickets to local schools for a quid each, fill the stadium, and give poorer local kids a chance to watch the super hammers.

  7. should be free to season ticket holders – we pay enough as it is.

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