Demand from fans of West Ham United Football Club has led the operators of London’s Olympic Stadium (which the club will call home from the 2016/17 English Premier League season onward) to increase matchday capacity to 60,000. The move brings the stadium’s capacity in line with Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. The increase, which was also approved by Newham Council, comes on the back of a successful season for West Ham – and is also expected to increase footfall to the Olympic Park.
In a statement, West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady said the move was further evidence of the upward trajectory of the club: “We are on course for what could be our most successful Premier League performance ever and our ambitions to finish in the top six and break into Europe are very much within reach.
“West Ham fans have embraced the move to the new ground. We are delighted to be able to reward that magnificent support by releasing additional season tickets and bringing even more visitors to the Park.”
Linda Lennon, chief executive of stadium operator LS185, said, “We are delighted to have worked with West Ham United to deliver this extra capacity; 60,000 fans will provide a great atmosphere and it is a superb way to begin the new season.”
IMAGES: Courtesy of West Ham United FC
April 1, 2016