West Ham will have the most season ticket holders of any London club in the Barclays Premier League next season when they move into the Olympic Park.
The Hammers on Monday announced that all season tickets and VIP Club London memberships have now sold out – giving them more than 50,000 season ticket and hospitality membership holders. That will be second only to Manchester United’s 55,000 in the Premier League.
In March, West Ham announced they were adding 6,000 more seats to their new home, increasing the capacity to 60,000. They will play their final home game at the 35,000-seater Boleyn Ground when they face Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Club vice-chairman Karren Brady said: “David Sullivan, David Gold and I have always believed in the West Ham fanbase and knew we could fill the new stadium.
“Reports consistently show that we have the highest average capacity in the Premier League and every game in our final season at the Boleyn Ground sold out within days of going on sale.
“So having made the bold decision to move to the former Olympic Stadium, we are delighted to see how it has captured the imagination of the Hammers fanbase. We find ourselves going into our first season with more than 50,000 season ticket holders and tens of thousands of people on the priority list for seasonal seats in 2017/18.”
West Ham’s move into the stadium built for the London 2012 Olympics has caused considerable controversy, with many rival clubs believing they have benefited unfairly from a facility built with public money.
Last month, it was revealed West Ham will pay just £2.5million a season in rent on the stadium, with the London Legacy Development Corporation responsible for running costs.
West Ham said on the club’s website: “Today’s announcement practically guarantees that the new stadium will be sold out for every Premier League game next season, meaning an extra 1.5 million people will visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park each year – generating millions of pounds of extra revenue for the taxpayer in the process.”