David Gold hits back at Olympic Stadium jibe with new capacity surprise for opening season

David Gold

West Ham United co-owner David Gold has made a surprising revelation on Twitter about the club's move to the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers have already smashed their season ticket figures when they move to the Olympic Stadium in the summer.

The East Londoners leave their 35,000 capacity Boleyn Ground home of 112 years for Stratford, which was set to be a 54,000 capacity stadium but was raised to 60,000 after selling out six months early.

The figures have made a mockery of ill-informed predictions from pundits and rival fans that the Hammers would struggle to fill their new home.

But it has not stopped some giving the West Ham chief stick on social networking site Twitter.

Gold responds to Twitter stick

And responding to goading from a Tottenham Hotspur follower claiming West Ham will 'struggle to fill the white elephant', Gold has revealed that the capacity will actually be bigger than 60,000 for the opening season... by 10 extra seats.

"Thank you for your best wishes," Gold said sarcastically.

"I'm sure you will be pleased to hear that we have sold out. 60,010 capacity."

The new information does not take the Hammers above Arsenal's Emirates stadium capacity of 60,260.

But Gold later went on to reaffirm that the club is working on increasing the capacity to 66,000 for furture seasons.

"Yes we are working on plans to increase the capacity to 66,000," he added in response to a question from a West Ham fan.

There was also more Olympic Stadium news from the former Ann Summers supremo when he tweeted a picture of the progress being made with the stadium's new claret and seats and Hammers crest.

He said: "Claret seats coming on nicely - and hammers starting to take shape."

Gold then revealed the blue seats are on their way soon and moved to reassure supporters that the famous Boleyn Ground atmosphere would be in safe hands at their new home.

He added: "I am told by the experts that the acoustics will be great."


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