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West Ham gets green light to increase London stadium capacity to 62,500 as club sets attendance record

The pitch, built for the London 2012 Olympics but which has housed the Hammers since leaving Upton Park in 2016, currently has its capacity limited to 60,000 on football match days.

The increase will come once the club fills out an application for a safety certificate and likely sees the club’s attendance record broken, with the current bar of 59,988 set in the Premier League clash against Everton in March 2019.

West Ham’s move to the stadium was far from popular with fans, but the mood has changed markedly after David Moyes’ on-pitch success which has seen the club advance to European football this season, with the Carabao Cup clash Wednesday night with Manchester City sold out. .

“The Match Capacity Increase App will give even more of our fans the opportunity to watch our exciting squad in action in person,” said West Ham Vice President Karren Brady.

“Since the fans’ steady return this year, we have seen a tremendous response with every Premier League game so far this sold-out season, and we thank them for their continued fantastic support, including the attendance records broken in part of the regular capacity crowds at the London Stadium. This is another great sign of progress during an extremely positive period for the club. “

The Hammers are hoping to eventually expand the London stadium to its maximum potential capacity for football matches of around 67,000, which would take it beyond Tottenham Hotspur and Emirates stadiums as the largest Premier League ground in London.

“Everyone here is doing everything in our power to grow and develop this football club, on and off the pitch, for the benefit of our supporters, and we all think things are moving in the right direction,” said added manager Moyes.

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“The feedback from the supporters has been fantastic and the atmosphere they have created, with 60,000 in the stadium, has matched every game.

“Having more fans here to cheer on the team will make things even better for all of us and we are really looking forward to welcoming more of our young supporters and families to the London Stadium.”

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