West Ham surpass Spurs


West Ham has the second highest average attendance in the Premier League surpassing Spurs.

The London Stadium has a capacity of 62,500 and an average attendance of Premier League games of 62,462 some 38 short of the maximum .

West Ham sold 1,186,777 tickets for Premier League home matches last season while Spurs could only manage 1,169,938 for their 19 home games.

The Hammers average attendance is 99.94% which put them top of the Premier League in terms of maximum utilisation beating Manchester United who have a bigger stadium.

Manchester United average attendance is 73,635 from a maximum capacity 74,310

Spurs are ranked third with an average attendance 61,585 of league games for the season from a maximum stadium capacity of  62,850

Arsenal are place fourth with an average attendance of 60,186 from a maximum capacity of 60,704.

All these figures published are tickets sold and not actual attendance which on average is 10% lower across the Premier League grounds.

6foot2 submitted a freedom of information request at the end of the season to obtain real attendances but this request was rejected  by the London Stadium owners on grounds of Commercial interests claiming the release of the figures would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it).

As the number of tickets actually sold is in the public domain, it is difficult understand how commercial interests would be damaged.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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