West Ham United is pushing ahead with plans to bring fans closer to the action at the London Stadium with the installation of two new lower tier stands behind the goals.
The stands will be squared-off in line with a more traditional football stadium configuration, with the aim of moving the two stands closer to the pitch – with seats going forward by as much as four metres.
Arena Events Group is looking to start work on the redevelopment as soon as the current season ends this summer.
The club has worked with fans, stadium management and expert architects KSS Design Group on the designs.
A number of factors including the Covid-19 pandemic will impact timelines for the installation, not least the start date of the 2020/21 season, which as it stands remains subject to confirmation by the Premier League.
The club said it is continuing to work with the stadium landlords with the intention of the enhanced stadium reconfiguration being in place before the start of next season.
Karren Brady, vice chairman of West Ham United, said:
This is another great step in improving the supporter experience at London Stadium, having named the Billy Bonds Stand and introducing more claret and blue inside the stadium last season. Reconfiguring London Stadium to bring the stands closer to the action was always something we have wanted to do, and we understand how important this is for our fans.
We’re pleased that our plans have now progressed to the point where we are able to share our proposed changes for each individual Season Ticket Holder and we are delighted that the vast majority of fans in these stands will move nearer to the pitch.
Club captain Mark Noble added:
I’ve always said the West Ham fans are the best around – they make a real difference and the atmosphere they create at London Stadium is massive for the players. Bringing the fans closer to the pitch can only be good for them and us, and we can’t wait until everyone is back together in the Stadium again.