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European bargain for West Ham as club announce deal
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European bargain for West Ham as club announce deal

West Ham United have announced a bargain deal for fans ahead of the upcoming Europa League campaign.

The Hammers will compete in the group stages of the revamped Europa League for the first time when it gets underway in September.

David Moyes’s side agonisingly finished just three points off making the Champions League during a record breaking campaign last season.

But a place in the Europa is still a wonderful achievement.

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West Ham fans rewarded with European bargain after deal announced

And after 18 months locked out of games for most West Ham fans, their patience looks set to be rewarded after the club announced a package deal for the Europa League campaign which works out at less than £20 a ticket for some supporters.

West Ham announced the Europa League package on the club’s official website.

And it means season ticket holders can secure their seats for West Ham’s group stage home campaign with tickets covering all three home matches available from just £60 Adults and £15 for children (Band 5).

The Band 1 package costs £135 for adults (£45 per match) and children £40 (£13.33 per match).

Some used to look down on the Europa League as a hindrance to a club’s Premier League hopes.

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Fans have been critical of club but Hammers hierarchy seem to have got this one right

West Ham’s hierarchy have been heavily criticised by supporters over ticketing in the past. But credit where it is due, the club seem to have got this one right.

It will be interesting to see if – and by how much – the club increases prices should West Ham progress in the competition.

The long format with 48 teams in the group stages has in the past made for a gruelling campaign.

Especially when some – like West Ham in previous seasons – have had to start the season early to take part in qualifying.

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New and improved Europa League an exciting adventure for West Ham

But the new and improved Europa League will see the group stage significantly reduced from 48 to 32 teams. And the number of teams participating in qualifying is also reduced significantly.

The first round of the knockout phase also now involves only the group stage runners-up and the Champions League third-placed teams, with the group winners directly advancing to the round of 16.

And of course the competition carries the ultimate incentive, qualification for the following season’s Champions League.

Moyes’s side are one of 12 to have qualified for the group stages so far. The other joining West Ham in the competition group stages are Braga, Frankfurt, Lazio, Leicester, Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moskva, Lyon, Marseille, Napoli, ex Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s Real Betis, and Real Sociedad.

Of the 12 teams qualified so far, West Ham have the third lowest (9th) coefficient with 20.113 – but will likely therefore be in the top 10 seeded teams overall come the draw.

This is when West Ham will find out their Europa League group opponents as next season’s toughest fixtures instantly become clear.

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