Hammers to go for 60k OS capacity


olympic-stadium-and-west-ham-badge-pic-pa-391417952West Ham are hoping they can get the Olympic Stadium capacity increased to 60,000 by the start of the first season.

Fans have been crying out for the club to make the move and ClaretandHugh understands that with the unprecedented demand for season tickets, the club are now ready to seek planning permission for a further 6,000 seats.

The club expect to sell out all 42,000 season tickets available and with those set aside for Corporate purposes, away fans and walk-up people on the day, around 50,000 will be accommodated.

However, there are still around 20,000 on the Priority List and the club is ready to go for another 6,000 seats at the stadium.

ClaretandHugh was told exclusively: “We have an automatic right to apply for them and we shall be doing so. It needs planning permission but that shouldn’t be a problem.

“It’s entirely realistic and we shall be doing it and hopefully we could have the situation resolved in time for next season.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • niall_mcdonald says:

    should be a reasonably straightforward planning request you’d think – the seats are already there, and the supporting facilities pretty much in place as well. the new seats will be the ones right at the back behind the goals. still a decent view from up there, especially if they will be more £289 season tickets!
    i popped into the Reservation Centre on saturday and was told that there are 3500 season tickets left to sell, and 28000 left on the waiting list. The advisor also confirmed the plan to increase to 60k capacity.

  • Dainon says:

    Should just go for the full 66,510 – We would sell them 🙂

  • oldgit says:

    I think that there is a greater interest because its the first season. Lace face it – most tickets are dearer for the same view so the cheapest tickets in the league doesn’t really ring true. The crunch will come at renewal time. How many ‘new’ season ticket holders will renew at £900 for an average view?

  • johnboy says:

    If they want the support of not so well off fans then the prices need to be kept low , the TV money should see to that .if not they will shoot themselves in the foot .

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