West Ham United are looking to increase the number of seats at the London Stadium by 2500 to 62,500 and make it the largest stadium in English capital, according to a report published by Sky Sports.
Should this happen, the East London venue will overtake the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the largest capacity ground in London. Spurs’ new home ground boasts a capacity of 62,062.
Thus far, no planning has been formulated or submitted. However, West Ham were set to meet with local residents on Monday in order to discuss the possibility of expanding.
West Ham officially left former ground Upton Park and moved to the London Stadium in 2016 whilst they were managed by Slaven Bilic.
Due to licensing regulations which existed, the stadium’s match-day capacity was previously limited to 57,000 with 9 000 seats being unavailable for use.
As from December, the capacity of the London Stadium was increased to 60,000. The ground recently completed a historical first by hosting the first US Major League Baseball (MLB) game in England as the Boston Red Sox took on the New York Yankees in a two-game series.
Such a move would present a major boost for the Hammers. It would allow them some bragging rights over their rivals Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham.
In addition to this, it would also allow the club to bring in increased revenue which could increase their chances of one day becoming a Premier League giant.
More revenue would also allow West Ham to bring in players of a higher quality which would increase the chances of it winning major silverware.