West Ham United has today (Monday) reached an agreement to sell additional seats for home matches at London Stadium, which will now operate at a capacity of up to 60,000.

West Ham agreed the deal with stadium landlord E20 and the club said it is “delighted” to have taken the first step towards London Stadium reaching its potential capacity of up to 66,000.

West Ham hopes the increase in capacity will make London Stadium more attractive to a potential naming rights partner. London Stadium’s capacity had previously been 57,000.

As part of the deal agreed today, West Ham will be able to sell up to 60,000 tickets for games as soon as possible, subject to regulatory permissions. The deal will provide more funding for E20 and generate significant additional revenue for West Ham on match days.

In a joint statement, E20 chief executive Lyn Garner and West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “West Ham United and E20 will now work together to maximise this magnificent stadium for the benefit of fans, our community and the public purse. Both parties are fully committed to making the London Stadium the jewel in London’s crown that we all know it can be.”

Today’s news will no doubt cool what has at times been a fractious relationship between West Ham and E20. The two parties have previously disagreed on matters relating to West Ham’s rent to play at the stadium and the colour of the material around the playing surface.

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