David Gold sends message to West Ham fans
By Amir Mir
David Gold has urged West Ham supporters to “sit down” during games at the London Stadium – or the club will not be allowed to expand their 57,000 capacity ground.
The Express report that the London stadium has been blocked from increasing its capacity due to the persistent standing of supporters.
The Safety Advisory group of the Stratford venue, set up by Newham council, have stated that unless supporters remain seated during games, plans to increase the capacity will not go ahead.
West Ham moved into their new home in August, after ending their 112-year affiliation at the Boleyn Ground.
Co-chairman Gold has plans of making the east London club the biggest capacity stadium in London, with a view of increasing the seating to 66,000 by 2017-18, but has this urgent message for supporters.
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“We won’t get a licence for 66k [for next season] and have the biggest capacity in London if we stand,” said Gold as quoted by the Express.
“If you love West Ham sit down.”
Arsenal have the biggest capacity crowd in London with 60,432 supporters filling up the Emirates stadium, with the Hammers having ambitions of surpassing that mark.
There are also reports that supporters in the lower Bobby Moore stand are clashing with stewards during games for standing with a drop in level of atmosphere.
But, if plans to increase the club’s capacity to 66,000 does go through, then the London club will have the second biggest ground in the Premier League, after Manchester United who have 75,635.
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