‘The Hammers’ gung-ho over capacity rise nod


London Stadium capacity increase receives planning permission Image: West Ham United

The Premier League team West Ham United (UK) is on cloud nine following planning permission being granted to increase the matchday capacity at its residence – London Stadium – to 62,500.

The ‘West Ham United’ stated that with an extra 2,500 seats to be released once the safety certificate application has been completed, the West Ham United will be able to once again look forward to breaking the club’s attendance record and welcoming more of its loyal supporters to ‘The Hammers’ matches.

The West Ham United Football Club is an English professional football club based in Stratford, East London that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club plays at the London Stadium, having moved from their former home, the Boleyn Ground, in 2016.

The 80,000-capacity London Stadium is a multipurpose outdoor stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Stratford district of London (UK). It is located in the Lower Lea Valley, 6 miles East of Central London.

The ‘West Ham United’ further stated that this will meet the growing demand for tickets, with consistent 60,000 capacity crowds in the Premier League and the magnificent attendances in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Europa League.

The UEFA Europa League (abbreviated as UEL) is an annual football club competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for eligible European football clubs. It is the second-tier competition of European club football, ranking below the UEFA Champions League and above the UEFA Europa Conference League after being the third-tier competition from 1971 to 1999 before the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup was discontinued. Clubs qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions.

The expansion is another positive step forward for the club in ultimately reaching the stadium’s full capacity -now close to 67,000 due to the enhancements to the Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking stands – which would see West Ham United’s home in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park become the biggest Premier League stadium in London.

Remarked the West Ham United Vice-Chairman, Baroness Brady, “The application to increase the matchday capacity will give an even greater number of our fans the opportunity to watch our exciting team in action in person. Since the regular return of supporters this year, we have seen a terrific response with every Premier League fixture so far this season sold out, and we thank them for their continued fantastic backing including breaking attendance records as part of regular capacity crowds at the London Stadium. This is another great sign of progression during a hugely-positive time for the club.”

Added West Ham United Manager David Moyes, “Everyone here is doing everything we can to grow and develop this football club, on and off the pitch, for the benefit of our supporters, and we all feel that things are moving in the right direction. The supporters being back have been fantastic and the atmosphere they have created, with 60,000 in the stadium, has been right up there every game. Having more fans in here cheering the team on will make it even better for us all and we are really looking forward to welcoming more of our young supporters and families to London Stadium.”

Supporters will of course be kept up to date with further information on plans and next steps, including details on when and how additional tickets can be purchased.

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