West Ham set to make major change next month… could be in place for Arsenal

The Hammers last month resolved a bitter legal dispute with their landlords E20 over match-day capacity.

They will soon be able to offer 3,000 more seats – meaning their 60,000-seater is now the biggest stadium in London.

The Hammers have applied for an amended safety certificate to reflect the increase, according to The Times.

But given no building work is needed, the changes should be pushed through quickly.

With that in mind, Hammers chiefs are targeting the visit of Brighton on January 2 or the derby with Arsenal 10 days later to have the additional seats available.

West Ham have sold out at 57,000 for every game this season and the capacity increase paves the way for the full 66,000 seats to be used.

The landlord row had centred on how West Ham’s 99-year lease of the stadium should be interpreted.

Spanning several months and costing both sides millions in legal fees, it was finally resolved when the two sides came to an agreement last month.

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A statement read: “West Ham United and its landlord E20 have today agreed a plan which allows the Club to sell additional seats for their matches thereby ending the litigation surrounding the capacity at the London Stadium.

“Both parties are delighted to have taken the first step towards the Stadium reaching its potential of up to 66,000 capacity, to their mutual benefit, and would see it become the largest in London and the second largest in the Premier League.

The increase in capacity will also make the London Stadium a more attractive proposition for a potential naming rights partner.

“The arrangement means that, 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.”