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London Stadium to host National League play-off final

London Stadium, home of Premier League club West Ham United, will host this year’s National League play-off final on June 5, it has been announced.

It will mark the first time the match has taken place at the 60,000-capacity venue.

The match has traditionally been held at Wembley but last year’s fixture was held at Ashton Gate, home of Championship club Bristol City, amid restrictions on fan attendance due to COVID-19 and Wembley’s use as UEFA Euro 2020 host venue.

Wembley is due to host the League Two play-off final on May 28 and the Championship play-off final the following day. On June 1, it will host the Finalissima, a one-off match between Euro 2020 winner Italy and Copa América champion Argentina.

Wembley is not currently scheduled to stage an event on the weekend of the National League play-off final but the match will not be held at the 90,000-capacity stadium.

The teams currently occupying the National League play-off positions are Wrexham, Halifax Town, Solihull Moors, Chesterfield, Grimsby Town and Notts County.

National League general manager Mark Ives said: “We are delighted to be working with London Stadium as our partner for this season’s finale. It is a fantastic sporting arena with a rich history and very befitting of our showpiece promotion final. Whilst we don’t know who will get to the promotion final yet, what we can now promise is a stadium worthy of hosting such a huge game.”

London Stadium chief executive Graham Gilmore added: “We are proud to be hosting the National League play-off final this year, with the contenders vying for that coveted place in the Football League. We have witnessed some truly epic matches at our venue this season and this match will be another one of those special occasions at London Stadium.”

Last year’s final at Ashton Gate saw Hartlepool United defeat Torquay United on penalties to secure a return to the English Football League (EFL).

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