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West Ham are set to apply to have the London Stadium capacity expanded to 68,000 on match days.
The Hammers and London Stadium owners the London Legacy Development Corporation have agreed an informal plan which will see the number of supporters rise by 5,500.
Licensing regulations mean the capacity is limited to 62,500 for West Ham games, despite the stadium being expanded to hold 68,013 fans last year. The additional seats are unused on match days.
The increased capacity would give West Ham the second largest stadium in the Premier League behind Old Trafford. Sources revealed the club and LLDC have an informal agreement in place and a deal could be formalised within the next two years. There are hopes the extra capacity will be introduced in time for the 2026-27 season.
It is understood minor alterations will need to be completed before the capacity can be raised, including increasing catering and toilet facilities.
West Ham would pay increased rent of £200,000 under the terms of their lease, taking their annual payment from £3.5million to £3.7m.
West Ham are set to apply to extend the London Stadium’s match day capacity to 68,000
The stadium was expanded by 5,500 seats last year, but they are presently unused by the club