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London Stadium record attendances explained

awayendYesterday’s match between West Ham v Swansea was another official sell out with 56,922 tickets sold and thus published as the official attendance at the London Stadium.

In reality, the real attendance was estimated to be somewhere around 47,000 so where are the missing supporters.

Swansea  City returned 1,200 tickets yesterday meaning the upper away tier remained completely empty but these 1,200 were sold in the home end in spare seats to take the official capacity back up to 57,000 which is limit permitted by planning permission and the safety certificate.

In fact, there are over 66,000 seats in the London Stadium of which around 6,000 are covered up by screening. This still leaves around 3,000 seats spread around the stadium which are unused during every match.

seats2West Ham has around 47,000 season ticket holders with a further 3,000 corporate hospitality members which leaves up to 3,000 seats for the maximum away allocation and 4,000 general admission tickets for the regular ballot for Academy members.

The sad truth is many thousands of  West Ham season ticket holders are not turning up to games and yesterday was probably one of the worst attended Premier league game this season. Up to 10,000 season ticket holders were missing from yesterday’s match-deciding not to sell their seats on the official ticket exchange, forward them to a friend or family or donate them to charity.

Last season London Stadium Safety Advisory Group minutes  released under Freedom of Information revealed that the Southampton and Middlesborough matches real attendance was 47,000, the game against Stoke had 48,391 attending while the first match of the Stadium against Bournemouth match had 52,192  while the London Derby against Arsenal game at the London Stadium had a real attendance had 51,122.

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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

6 comments on “London Stadium record attendances explained

  1. I don’t know if it has anything to do with the attendances and people not going but I am starting to get the right hump with that walk back to the station so much for the best transport links at least at Upton Park you were on the train in 20 minutes

  2. The whole club is in a state right from the team and manager down to the stadium I thought the movie to the l.s was a good movie but I’m not so sure now ..they said it would raise more funds for the team but we haven’t seen any and they dsaid the atmosphere would be great buff it clerk isn’t.. That’s what I find strange cuz they’re are plenty of stadiums in Europe with running tracks like juventus I think or IHS it just a long way from pitch to fans there not sure but my point is they jhave no worries with the atmosphere… Then again we haven’t been great four a while in so maybe it will change when we start playing some decent football and get a few convincing wins ..

  3. Sorry about the mistakes this predictive text is ridiculous

  4. People are getting fed up with the whole non experience at matches.
    25 minutes to get through security yesterday, cant walk here, can’t walk there, steward shouting crap through megaphones, lining up in the way so you can’t walk down the road.
    Buses replacing trains every weekend because of engineering works, (loads of my mates can’t be bothered because of this).
    Can’t get a beer anywhere within 25 mins walk,
    I have access to corporate through work if I want, its so far from the pitch I don’t use it, we can’t get rid of the corporate packages.
    The whole ground is crap, Spurs fans were right, we sold our soul for the sh** hole.

  5. As I live out of the country I have only been to the stadium a few times. I attended the match yesterday and arrived at the security about an hour before the match. There was no queue and the search took less than 30 seconds. At the end of the match I immediately left the stadium and walked to the station. On arrival at the station I waited a couple of minutes for the train. I was visiting a relative in West Horndon and arrived at their house at 5.45pm, less than an hour after the end of the match. When I went to Upton Park I was often still sitting in traffic on the Barking Road an hour after leaving the ground and if going by train it was often close to an hour before I got on the platform. I can only describe my experience, I think there are people who just like to moan. The London Stadium will never be like Upton Park but the club had to move on to progress. I don’t know of any ground in London or major city where getting away from a ground with 40,00 or 50,000 fans is easy.

    • Same as that Frenchie, I actually went through security twice, I arrived early at Stratford met my mate, headed through security then to Fish Island, then back through security about 2:30 into block K had time to get another beer in before kick off took no time at all, left the match after it finished went to Hackney Wick got on the overground was waiting about 5 mins for the train, not a problem. I usually go to Stratford if you go around the back of the stadium and through Westfield it usually makes it a bit quicker.

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