West Ham aim to increase Olympic Stadium to 60,000 capacity
By Nick Lustig
Last Updated: 10/03/16 8:29am
West Ham are looking into the possibility of increasing the Olympic Stadium capacity to 60,000 before they move in next season as a result of high ticket demand.
The Hammers are set to begin their 99-year tenancy at the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford in August and co-chairman David Gold told Sky Sports last month that he expects the club to sell every single seat at their new home.
West Ham, who are preparing to leave the Boleyn Ground, their home for the past 112 years, at the end of the season, are now hoping to up the capacity of their new ground by 6,000.
"The board are also pleased to confirm that following extraordinary demand for tickets at the Hammers' new world-class home, West Ham are now doing everything in their power to expand the capacity to 60,000," a statement on the club's official website read.
The London 2012 Olympic venue has been downsized from an 80,000-seater athletics stadium and now includes a retractable seating system, which will bring fans closer to the pitch on match days.
Currently, the stadium can be increased to 60,000 in athletics mode and to 80,000 for concerts.