Filed: Monday, 3rd October 2016
By: Staff Writer
David Sullivan has insisted that any empty seats inside the Olympic Stadium are the result of the 57,000 capacity limit imposed by local authorities.
Following a comment by the Met Police on Saturday evening that the Middlesbrough game had resulted in "more than 40,000" supporters actually attending the match - and a separate suggestion, by a KUMB source, that approximately 45,000 had attended the previous fixture against the Saints - Sullivan insisted that the club's attendance figure of 56,864, just 136 shy of full capacity, was genuine.
"Once again it was another complete sell out, and with 52,000 season ticket holders and 50,000 supporters on the waiting list, every game from now on will be the same," he told the club's website.
"Any empty seats are down to our current capacity limit of 57,000, and we will also be launching imminently a ticket exchange which means any supporters who can't make a game because of holidays or travel problems can legitimately sell their tickets to other supporters."
Despite Sullivan's claims, our image below - taken half-an-hour into Saturday's 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough - shows plenty of (highlighted) empty prime seats in the West Stand, directly behind the dug-out.
Meanwhile many hundreds of empty seats can be spotted in the stand's lower and upper tiers in the following enlarged version of the above image.
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