English Premiership

Hammers to up Olympic Stadium capacity

2016-03-24 16:21
West Ham United (File)

Cape Town - West Ham have announced plans to increase the capacity of the Olympic Stadium due to high season ticket demands prior to their impending move.

In 2015, the Hammers revealed that the number of supporters demanding season tickets had five times exceeded the number of seats available at Upton Park - prompting them to look for a new home ground for the 2016/17 campaign.

The capacity at Olympic Stadium will be increased to 60 000 seats, ranking the ground as the largest in London alongside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and the second largest after Old Trafford, which holds a massive 76 212 capacity crowd.

Slaven Bilic’s men have been in fine form this season, reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and are in contention for Champions league qualification, trailing fourth-placed Manchester City by one point.

Hammers vice-chairman Karren Brady has credited this success to their supporters before adding that the club is looking forward to new beginnings.

"This announcement is further evidence of the upward trajectory of this 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," Brady said during a media conference.

"West Ham fans are famous the world over for their wonderful support. They have demonstrated this once again at matches this season and in the way that they 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 bring even more visitors to the Park to enjoy all that it has to offer.

"The 2016/17 season looks bright for the team, the club and our fans. Not only will we have one of the world's greatest new stadiums, but now it will be one of the very largest in the world's most-watched league - a stadium with both the quality and the capacity to match our ambitions."

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