It’s safe to say West Ham United are having a solid season so far. With Europa League now the aim for the Hammers and even a possible Champions League place in sight, the Hammers faithful are glad to see the back of former manager Sam Allardyce because Big Sam’s successor Slaven Bilic is much more loved by the fans. Once more, despite this being the last ever season at Upton Park, a sad loss to many, the anticipation of switching to the iconic Olympic Stadium for the 2016/2017 campaign means excitement has swept in East London. The future is definitely bright for the East London club.
However, with the news that the taxpayer will be paying the rent on the arena, Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur and League Two outfit Leyton Orient have expressed their displeasure at West Ham moving stadiums. The question that keeps surfacing is can the Hammers actually fill the 54,000 stadium, and owner David Gold has had enough. The Co Chairman has taken to Twitter to deny reports that their will be an increase in the capacity, from 54,000 to 60,000 just to please the critics.
As this is such a big step forward in the club’s history, of course, many will express their feelings at the move, but the one factor that cannot be knocked is the ambition of the club with Gold and David Sullivan virtually saving the club from extinction.
The rumours suggesting we are increasing the number of seats just for our critics, who said "you won't fill the stadium" Are not true. dg
— David Gold (@davidgold) February 20, 2016