West Ham United recently won a battle to increase the London Stadium capacity to 66,000.
West Ham were due to go to the High Court last month in a bid to fill the 9,000 empty seats at their new home which are currently unavailable for use.
Licensing regulations meant the capacity was limited to 57,000 but the Hammers and London Stadium landlords E20 agreed to a plan which will eventually see its capacity rise to 66,000.
Biggest capacity in London, second in the Premier League
That means the East Londoners will have the biggest stadium capacity in London.
It will also be the second biggest football capacity the Premier League and UK behind Manchester United.
The Hammers proudly trumpeted the news on the club’s official website.
But contrary to speculation on social media and amongst fans, the increase is yet to be introduced.
That’s according to the club which has announced when it expects the initial rise to 60k to be implemented.
When will safety certificate be granted?
“It is expected that the safety certificate will be granted by the end of the year,” West Ham said on the club’s official website.
“At this point, half-season tickets will be processed.
“While we do not anticipate it, in the event that the safety certificate is not granted in time, payments will be fully refunded, and you will retain your priority position on the waiting list to secure a season ticket as soon as they become available.”
Owners want bragging rights and affordable football
It has long been the ambition of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to ensure West Ham have stadium bragging rights over their rivals.
The duo are also committed to affordable football as part of a 10-point pledge made back in 2010.
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