West Ham count the cost of cup draw


carabao-cup---royal-box-2---1440x810West Ham were drawn to play at home against Cheltenham Town in the EFL Carabao Cup draw last night.

As the London Stadium is still in athletics mode at the date the tie will be played the Hammers have given special dispensation by the EFL Board to play the fixture at the opposition’s venue,

As agreed with EFL board in advance West Ham will give up their share of the gate receipts at Whaddon road which has a capacity of 7,200. Assuming a sellout and an average net profit of £15 per ticket West Ham will be giving out around £48,600 of ticket revenue at the reverse fixture.

Some could argue the club are also giving up a potential missed ticket revenue at the London Stadium by being forced to switch venues.

West Ham managed to get a record capacity 39,877 for the last EFL Cup game at the London Stadium when the Hammers took on Accrington Stanley last season. The opposition took just 800 away supporters while West Ham discounted tickets down to £5 for kids and from £10 for adults. They also gave away thousands of tickets to Newham residents as part of the giveaway agreement in the contract.

Assuming 5,000 tickets given away for free to Newham and an average net profit of £10 per ticket for the remaining 30,000 it means that the Hammers are missing out on around £135,000 of profit for the game being played at home.

EFL League Cup rules allow a minimum of 10% for away allocation so we could be restricted to 720 tickets but with an average gate of 3,275 last season, they could offer West Ham more tickets if there is demand.

A senior club insider told ClaretandHugh “This is the only year such a compromise is made in and in all other years our fixtures take priority. It was one of the concessions we knew we had to make to get the stadium.”

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  • JRS says:

    Athletics mode…. At a football ground. Should that happen. The glory of renting
    Oh well then Watford and Southampton.
    Better be ready to show up

  • Bennie The Rake says:

    One off.No big deal.

  • Hammer64 says:

    Quite right Bennie. My new positive approach to the OS-sorry LS- is being tested but you are right. I am repeating ‘I love the new stadium’ to myself 20 times a day. If we go unbeaten there this season that will certainly help, but I will settle for only losing maybe 3? I am certainly predicting that we don’t lose there for at least a month….

  • Gareth Hammer says:

    For anyone who liked the Fawlty Towers comparisons about here this articles insane replies prove there is something in it lmao.A month down the line and some have been made to look right royal plonkers with their Basil like tantrums

  • Boogabenson says:

    Im gonna save any links that people make comments about and use them against them at a later date too. How long does a link last bevause im sure i said BOOGERS was a plum long before some!!!

    • Gareth Hammer says:

      It aint saving them too use against anyone plum,its having a laugh at ourselves,me included.dont be so effing serious.Eff me these places are hard work sometimes with the humourless gits on them.

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    As a renter surely we should be compensated for loss of revenue ?
    Its not west hams fault is it ? Whose fault is it for cocking up the retractable seating , athletics have to be moved , common sense tells you its a damp squid , coe should resign and made to pay the bill, he’s been totally inept in his handling of all things at the Queenie??

    • On this occasion no, the contract says in 2017 the stadium would not be ready until 25th August. That was known up front. These fixtures are to be played a few days before that date so no compensation.

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Thanks for that Sybil. 😂😂😂😂
    Can we still sack coe though 😎😎

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    So long as we win that will be ok by me, it is only this season that is supposed to happen, we have a very winnable match lets hope for a really good run this season in the cups COYI !!!

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    West ham and very winnable don’t go 32 😂😂😂😂
    Love you’re optimism though. Top man 👍😉

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