Arsenal’s Premier League rivals West Ham United not too long ago confirmed that that they had obtained planning permission to develop the London Stadium. Having moved into the previous Olympic park again in 2016, the bottom has all the time boasted a substantial capability of precisely 60,000. However, planning had been submitted with a purpose to develop that capability by 2,500 seats – plans that the Hammers have introduced have been accepted in a press release revealed on Wednesday. West Ham United Vice-Chairman Baroness Brady mentioned: “The utility to extend the matchday capability will give a good better variety of our followers the chance to observe our thrilling staff in motion in particular person.
“Since the common return of supporters this yr, we now have seen a terrific response with each Premier League fixture up to now this season offered out, and we thank them for his or her continued unbelievable backing together with breaking attendance data as a part of common capability crowds at London Stadium. This is one other nice signal of development throughout a hugely-positive time for the Club.” Whilst the plans initially don’t seem like affecting Arsenal all that a lot, with the Gunners themselves boasting the Emirates Stadium, the Hammers’ expansion takes the London Stadium’s capability above Arsenal’s present house. Once the constructing course of is accomplished, West Ham United’s stadium will turn into formally the third-biggest in English soccer – solely behind the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Manchester United’s Old Trafford. Of course, which means the Hammers could be set to rake in significantly extra matchday income for the approaching seasons. This would thus help the membership in extending the hole between the Hammers and the Gunners on the pitch, with the previous having completed sixth within the Premier League and securing European soccer while Mikel Arteta’s males slumped to an eighth-placed end for the second consecutive marketing campaign.