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Increased London Stadium costs to host baseball

London Stadium owners have admitted for the first time they will need to fully move the West stand of the former Olympic Stadium next summer to enable the stadium to host baseball.

The Stadium will be the first venue in Europe to host Major League Baseball, when the New York Yankees and the Boston Reds Sox meet at the venue in June 2019.

The MLB’s London Series 2019, will see the sport played in the UK for the first time, as part of a double header between baseball’s two most-famous teams over the weekend of 28 and 29 June 2019.

The seat move costs ballooned to £11.3m for the Athletics World Championships reducing to £4.1m for 2018 as stand moves were limited.

The 2019 London Stadium seat move price is likely to significantly increase again above the £4.1m 2018 price as the West stand remained in place this summer with only the first seven rows removed for athletics.

The music concert season is also likely to be shorter next summer possibly missing out on further potential revenue which could have helped reduce losses.

The project has been described as a “vanity project” for the Mayor of London by one insider with no real business case.

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 “Increased London Stadium costs to host baseball

  1. Well the next time LLDC/E20 have to explain why they lost X amount of millions for financial year 19/20 should make interesting reading?
    Around 11m to move the west stand for a ‘vanity’ game of rounders, sorry, I mean, Baseball, crazy,crazy!
    Oh well, the popcorn sellers will make a killing and as long as the pitch is (unlike the state of Wembley tonight) put back together in time for real football to start in August let the Mayor have his day I suppose.

  2. I see Wembley has already managed to get concert bookings next summer for Billy Joel, P!nk, Eagles and Bon Jovi. I wonder who our illustrious landlords will attract? The remaining half of Chas’n’Dave? Or maybe the last Chuckle Brother?

  3. Seems to me that Mayor Kahn is doing everything he can to ruin the pitch for West Ham.Surely the club must have some say in how the pitch is used?At the same time he’s plunging LLDC into further debt for the sake of what?Do we really want American sports over here?Next thing you know we’ll have horses jumping over some sort of obstacle.

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