West Ham moved into a brand new stadium for the 2016/17 season, becoming tenants at the 57,000 capacity London Stadium, which was built for the London Olympic Games in 2012. After over 100 years at the significantly smaller Upton Park, the move offers a chance for the Hammers to grow as a club, both in terms of its supporter base and the attendant financial potential that this brings.
A view of West Ham’s London Stadium in Statford (Photo: Matthew Cackett via Flickr)
While West Ham have been a well-established Premier League club for a number of years, they have never made a sustained challenge for the title and have only qualified to play in Europe once in recent times. This means that anyone looking to attend a West Ham game will have the option of domestic league or cup games only. If you’re planning a visit to the UK, and want to know if West Ham are playing at London Stadium during your dates of travel, you can view fixture lists for the upcoming season online.
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Tickets are set to be in high demand for West Ham’s second season at London Stadium. The best way to secure tickets for Premier League matches is to become a Claret Member, though tickets for some matches may also become available on general sale. However, there are some other options for securing yourself a seat for a West Ham home game. We’ve looked into them and given our top tips below.
With London Stadium holding a capacity of 57,000, it’s fairly common for tickets to end up going on general sale. This means there’s a good chance of being able to pick up tickets without paying to become an official club member – especially for less high profile games. Details about when tickets go on sale are regularly updated on the club website, so you’re advised to keep an eye on that. If you’re feeling a touch extravagant, another option is a Hospitality package. West Ham have curated several bespoke match-day packages for London Stadium, which include access to the venue’s array of restaurants, lounges and bars, each designed with bespoke interiors inspired by West Ham’s past. More information about these packages is also available on the official website.
Many people visiting London may like the idea of attending a match, but don’t want to commit themselves before they get here in case their plans change. This can make it difficult to buy tickets through the official channels, but Ticketbis offers the opportunity to pick up a match ticket at very short notice. The online service is essentially a ticket exchange platform that anyone can use to buy or sell tickets – often right up to the start of the match. Sellers can price tickets at any level they wish (and change it at any time) and buyers can decide whether they want to pay that price. Inevitably, the result is that tickets for high profile games tend to be priced way above face value, but for visitors looking for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see West Ham take on, say, Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal, then Ticketbis probably offers your best hope. You can also, occasionally, pick up pretty good deals. For example, tickets are currently available for West Ham versus Huddersfield Town in September for £75, which is not dramatically above face value. A word of caution, though – Ticketbis charge a commission fee for all ticket sales and purchases.
If you’re planning to be in London for only a few days, you might want to consider booking a hotel close to London Stadium to reduce your travel time. Thomas Cook Sports, part of the Thomas Cook travel agency, offer packages that combine official match tickets with hotel accommodation close to the stadium. For games at London Stadium, they’ve partnered with a number of hotels within easy reach of the ground, including the 4-star Holiday Inn London Stratford City which is a mere 10-minute walk away. As for the game your ticket will be in the Bobby Moore Stand Upper and you can also buy optional extras including a stadium & museum tour. Packages, which include a one-night hotel stay and a match ticket, start at £139.