By Alex Taylor
West Ham chief David Gold has revealed the club have not filled their new stadium because they are awaiting a final licence.
Slaven Bilic’s side left Upton Park this summer for their new home in Stratford but are yet to fill the London Stadium’s 66,000-seat capacity.
The ground, which is costing the club just £2.5million a year to rent, has already played host to a number of European and domestic fixtures for the claret and blue outfit.
“Yesterday’s game totally sold out 57,000 tickets,” Gold said on his personal Twitter account when asked about the diminished number of spectators against Watford. “We are yet to be granted a licence for the 9000 empty seats.”
Yesterday's game totally sold out 57k tickets. We are yet to be granted a licence for the 9000 empty seats. dg https://t.co/43IKXfO2u2
— David Gold (@davidgold) September 11, 2016
West Ham fans will be hoping to fill the Olympic Stadium soon once a licence is granted.
The increased size of the club’s new ground will put the Hammers’ home in line with some of its Premier League counterparts.
Manchester United’s stadium, Old Trafford, can house 75,000 supporters, while Manchester City’s Etihad stadium and Arsenal’s Emirates home can both seat in excess of 60,000 fans.
The London club have had a poor start to their domestic campaign after losing three of their first four games.
Losses to Chelsea, Manchester City and Watford were punctuated by a 1-0 over Bournemouth in late August.