OS capacity unlikely to increase in short term

KarrenBradyYesterday, Claret and Hugh revealed as many as 25,000 West Ham supporters on the Olympic Stadium priority list could be disappointed as demand for OS season tickets outstrips supply. There are believed to be fewer than 9,000 season tickets remaining for next season for the 34,000 strong waiting list who have paid a tenner piece to join for a chance. The article has prompted many fans on the list to question why the capacity can not be increased beyond 54,000 before August this year to meet the demand.

Hammer vice-chairman, Karren Brady has publicly told of the club’s desire to increase capacity if the demand is there and the sightlines are acceptable. During a BT Sports interview in December last year she confirmed West Ham were looking to increase capacity to 60,000. In a Daily Mail article last year, she went one step further by saying the club are in discussions to take capacity to 66,000.

westhamseata2708a_2She told Martin Samuel from the Mail “We always knew this was a possibility and it would certainly seem the interest is there, We have to look at the logistics of it because these would be the seats furthest from the pitch, so we have to make sure they are worth having. There is no point sticking someone in a corner with a poor view. But if the sight lines are still good, we could fit in 66,000. It’s a very exciting prospect.”

However, Claret and Hugh understand that despite there being 66,510 seats in the converted stadium in sports pitch mode, the chance of increasing capacity for the start of next season remains extremely remote and the increase in capacity is very much a future ambition of the club. The 54,000 capacity of the Stadium is a restriction of the planning permission granted and a safety certificate issues to former Olympic venue. An increase of 12,000 in capacity would also mean the need for more infrastructure such as  extra toilets and catering outlets. All of these things are possible but would take time to sort out and the appetite to spend more tax payers money to increase stadium facilities for the benefit of West Ham would be quite low as the LLDC and Newham council have already come under fire for the £272m already spent to transform to the Stadium.


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

4 comments on “OS capacity unlikely to increase in short term

  1. This is beyond belief.
    After the initial high construction costs, and another £272m sorting out what should have been done in the first place, we, the taxpayers, have a stadium which has 66,000 seats but STILL does not have the necessary basic infrastructure like toilets, to support what has been built?

    Who is responsible for this debacle?

  2. The figure of 54,000 capacity was agreed to comply with guidelines for a category 4 stadium which would allow Champions league games to take place there. To use these extra 12,000 seats we would be creating sight lines and viewing distances further away than Wembley stadium

    • When you see the seats that are covered though (more than 150m) it is hard to suggest that the view is going to be sufficiently worse than those in front that are at 150m it is 2 – 3 metres, in terms of the infrastructure getting planning permission, safety certificates, adding toilet blocks is a negative adding kiosks is a revenue generator as is the very simple task of removing the covers from the seats that are already in place, surely West Ham can meet these costs which should be less than the price of one player in todays markets. There is no way the tax payer can lose if you have more bums on seats is there ?

  3. For me if we met the costs and the taxpayer gets a better return, from a PR perspective it could be a win for us in terms of getting more of the public onside with our move no ?

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