OS: Band 4 issue riles fan

os south behind goal.2JPGInformation has reached Claret and Hugh HQ that season ticket holders from Bobby Moore Lower have been forced to upgrade to band 3 to get a comparable seat in the Lower Tier of the Olympic Stadium.

One season ticket holder in the back row of the Bobby Moore Lower contacted Claret and Hugh this week to say he wasn’t offered any seats in the lower tier as a band 4 ticket at £499.

When he visited the Stratford reservation centre earlier this week he was offered band 4 seats in the upper tier.

The sales person did offer him a comparable seat which is back row of the lower stand behind the goal at the Olympic Stadium but the catch is he would need to upgrade to band 3 which is £100 more expensive.

The irritated season ticket holder of 45 years told us “Gobsmacked mate is the only thing to say, as predicted we were offered back row lower tier seats, which fits the bill nicely with an almost identical sight line to the BML today, so why am I upset as I appear to have got what I wanted?

“Well BML Band 4 has suddenly become  OS Band 3 £599. I if I want Band 4,  I am upstairs row 2 backwards, so after venting my annoyance I was swiftly met with the retort, ‘Band 3 is cheaper than what I pay for band 4 today, so that makes it all OK then?’

Ultimately, it’s not the money, as what is a ton in the great scheme of things over the course of a season, but it’s the principle. BML and STB lower tiers are band 4, there’s a reason for that which is distance from the pitch and only a forward view aspect, just the same as the OS will be.

“As for newbies, two friends came with us, and were offered only upper tier, they ended up with some nice looking seats in line with the left corner flag for Band 4, but friendship only goes so far, so they are up there whilst we elevated to Band 3”




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

5 comments on “OS: Band 4 issue riles fan

  1. I’ve got my appointment next Tuesday. There are four of us going, one newbie. At the moment we are right behind the goal in the BML in row cc which is about 2/3 of the way back. I was hoping we might get to upgrade to band 3 to secure an improved view, not just to stay where we are! I’ll let you know how I get on Sean. When are you going, or have you been already?

  2. I haven’t even my appointment date yet as I am close to chav corner and they move from the middle outwards. I did query this with the head of OS tickets sales and I was told it would 3-4 weeks before I got my date.

    Funny thing people all around around us have their dates but not us. I was told they have grouped with others who are higher priority but they claim they have not.

    Maybe this article will put me further down the priority list 😉

    • I thought they were working front to back and from the middle outwards. There’s a big family group to my left in the same row, so further from the middle than me, & they’ve got their appointment the day before me. I know it’s just a day, but it shows the system isn’t working properly.

  3. Well the guy in the article is back row of Bobby Moore lower

  4. Think this issue may have been mentioned just a few times in the KUMB OS forum!

    Only the 1st 10 rows of the new BML are Band 4. The rest are Band 3.

    And absolutely no ‘+1s’ are allowed now anywhere in the Lower Tier.

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