English Premier League soccer side West Ham United FC has announced that it will be increasing capacity at its London Stadium to 60,000.
The club, which has been playing at a capped 57,000 capacity, has submitted an application for a safety certificate to initially increase available seating by 3,000 and has also reached an agreement with landlord E20 to eventually operate at its full 66,000.
Should West Ham United be given permission to open up all available seats at the London Stadium, which was the centerpiece stadium for the 2012 London Olympic Games, it would become the largest club stadium in London, and second largest in the Premier League.
A statement on the club’s website read: “West Ham United can confirm that London Stadium operators LS185, at our request, will be submitting the application for the safety certificate that will increase matchday capacity to 60,000. The initial expansion means that our record attendance for a home match will soon be broken – and additional season tickets will be made available to supporters on the season ticket waiting list ahead of that momentous day.”
West Ham United’s co-chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold expressed their delight at the development: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with West Ham United and London Stadium. Thousands more of our supporters who are on the season ticket waiting list will now have the opportunity to watch Premier League football at our home.”