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West Ham planning further London Stadium capacity increase

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West Ham United is reportedly planning on expanding the matchday capacity of London Stadium to 68,000, which would make it the second largest stadium in the Premier League after Manchester United’s Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham has agreed an “informal plan” with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which owns the stadium, to make 5,500 more seats available to fans.

The current matchday capacity of London Stadium is 62,500, which has been the case since the start of the 2022-23 season. London Stadium’s full capacity is around 68,000 but West Ham is unable to open every seat on match days due to safety restrictions.

Any further expansion would not appear likely in the immediate future, with the Daily Mail reporting that West Ham’s informal agreement with the LDLC could be formalised within the next two years, with a view to the extra seats being available for the start of the 2026-27 season.

West Ham’s annual rent would reportedly increase from £3.5m (€4.1m/$4.4m) to £3.7m as part of the agreement, which would include the requirement for extra toilet and catering facilities for supporters on match days.

London Stadium currently sits just behind Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,850) as the third largest stadium in the Premier League. Old Trafford has a capacity of around 74,000.

London Stadium was built as an athletics venue for the 2012 Olympic Games and West Ham moved to the stadium in 2016.