The Olympic Stadium will now have a capacity on a par with Arsenal’s Emirate stadium following pressure to increase capacity.
The overwhelming push for tickets has persuaded the stadium operators and Newham Council to lift ticket numbers to 60,000 on West Ham match days, 6,000 more than originally planned.
On the back of West Ham’s successful season on the pitch and the sense of anticipation over West Ham’s move to Stratford, organisers agreed that the increase would not only benefit the club but also boost footfall to the Olympic Park.
West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady said the move was “further evidence of the upward trajectory of this club”.
She added: “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 bring even more visitors to the Park.”
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “It is fantastic that even more people will be able see football in such a high quality setting. Our investment in the stadium was all about giving as many Newham residents as possible the chance to see top class sport in the borough. This announcement further supports that commitment.”
Linda Lennon, chief executive stadium operators 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.”
West Ham fans hoping to secure a season ticket for the new stadium can join the Priority List and anyone who does not get a season ticket for the 2016/17 season will be transferred to a waiting list and notified as and when seats become available.
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