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Capacity raised for Bournemouth clash

Filed: Wednesday, 17th August 2016
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are set to break their attendance record for the second time in a fortnight after it was confirmed that the Olympic Stadium's capacity will be raised to 57,000 for the visit of Bournemouth this weekend.

With the club's previous longstanding record having been surpassed by the recent visits of Domzale and Juventus, for which 54,000 were in attendance, an extra 3,000 are set to attend this weekend's meeting with the Cherries.

"Following a meeting of the London Stadium Safety Advisory Group, Newham Council has formally agreed to increase the working capacity of the London Stadium to 57,000," read a statement published on whufc.com.

"All West Ham United season ticket holders, Club London members and Claret Members who have already been allocated tickets in the ballot for the game will be able to take their seats alongside Bournemouth’s official allocation of away supporters."

With stadium management no longer in the club's hands, the capacity has been set by the London Stadium Safety Advisory Group, who will "continue to monitor the situation very closely."

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady added: "While an increased capacity of 57,000 is naturally a significant step forward for all concerned, we absolutely aim to operate at the full 60,000 capacity in the very near future.

“We respect the decision of LSSAG and Newham Council and will work closely with them, and with our supporters, so that we are able to reach a 60,000 capacity in the coming weeks."

The LSSAG are understood to have refused to allow the full 60,000 allocation at present due to persistent standing at the Olympic Stadium by some supporters.

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