West Ham fans split over London Stadium capacity announcement

General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at Olympic Stadium on November 5, 2016 in London, England.

West Ham have been given the all-clear to increase the London Stadium's capacity to 66,000 following an out-of-court settlement with landlords E20.

General view inside the stadium during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Stoke City at Olympic Stadium on November 5, 2016 in London, England.

West Ham have confirmed their stadium could soon see its capacity rise to 66,000 after the club and their landlords reached an out-of-court settlement on Monday.

The Hammers were due to go to the High Court in a bid to present their case against E20, a subsidiary of the London Legacy Development Corporation.

West Ham pursued legal action after two years of unsuccessful talks with their landlords, during which time they have been limited to selling 57,000 tickets per home game.

 

However, the two parties have now confirmed that an agreement has been reached towards the London Stadium's capacity going up by 9,000 seats.

A statement on the Hammers website read: "Subject to regulatory permissions, the club will be able to sell up to 60,000 tickets for their games as soon as possible and leaves scope to expand up to 66,000 seats for future matches.

"The agreement brings with it more funding for E20 and significant additional revenue for West Ham United on matchdays - a deal that works for everyone."

West Ham United players celebrates their team's second goal by Manuel Lanzini (obscured) during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium...

The new arrangement will see the London Stadium become the largest football stadium in London and the second biggest in the Premier League behind Old Trafford.

Opinion on Twitter has been largely split among the West Ham fan-base, with some hailing the positive outcome:

Other fans, meanwhile, were not impressed with the news, and wondered whether West Ham will be able to fill those extra seats given the team's mediocre displays in the Premier League:

And a number of fans were pleased that they would claim bragging rights over local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in terms of having the largest ground in the capital:

West Ham moved into the old Olympic stadium in Stratford in 2016, having signed a 99-year lease and paying rent of £2.5million a year.

A general view of the action in the first half during the Pre-Season Friendly between West Ham United and Juventus at The Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2016 in London, England.

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