West Ham United could soon have the biggest Premier League stadium in London after plans to increase their stadium capacity got the green light.
The East London club have been given planning permission by Newham Council to increase the capacity of the London Stadium by 2,500.
This brings the stadium’s total capacity to 62,500 – larger than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, which has a capacity of just over 60,000.
The approval of the new space for supporters is the latest step in West Ham ’s plan to boost the stadium’s capacity to 67,000 – making it the largest Premier League stadium in London.
Space for 67,000 fans would make the London Stadium even bigger than the £1 billion Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It would also put West Ham’s home in the Olympic Village behind only Wembley and Twickenham stadiums in terms of capacity in London.
First built for London’s 2012 Olympics, the London Stadium hosted 80,000 people for its opening and closing ceremonies, as well as athletic events.
The arena has the space to accommodate 67,000 football fans already, but West Ham needs approval from the local council before it can use its full seating potential.
West Ham United has seen one of the largest supporter turnouts in the Premier League this season, with all the club’s top-flight games so far sold out.
The club are behind only Arsenal and Manchester United for fan turnout so far this season.
West Ham’s record match attendance of 59,988 against Everton in March 2019 will likely be broken once the new seats become available.
Fan turnout has been spurred on by West Ham’s success in the Premier League and Europa League under manager David Moyes.
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David Moyes said: “Everyone here is doing everything we can to grow and develop this football club, on and off the pitch, for the benefit of our supporters, and we all feel that things are moving in the right direction.
“Having more fans in here cheering the team on will make it even better for us all and we are really looking forward to welcoming more of our young supporters and families to London Stadium.”
Baroness Brady, West Ham United’s vice-chairman, added: “The application to increase the matchday capacity will give an even greater number of our fans the opportunity to watch our exciting team in action in person.
“Since the regular return of supporters this year, we have seen a terrific response with every Premier League fixture so far this season sold out, and we thank them for their continued fantastic backing including breaking attendance records as part of regular capacity crowds at London Stadium.
“This is another great sign of progression during a hugely-positive time for the club.”