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West Ham fans bemoan European kick-off time with over 12,000 seats still available

West Ham fans have expressed their discontent at the 5:45 kick-off time for their UEFA Europa League Round of 16 second leg against SC Freiburg.

With only two days left, there are over 12,000 seats still available at the London Stadium.

Last time out

West Ham have already played SC Freiburg in this year’s group stage. The official attendance for that game was 48,876 and the kick-off time was 8:00.pm. GMT.

Around 50,000 tickets have been sold for the visit of Freiburg on Thursday. Hammers fans have blamed the kick-off time for the ground not selling out yet.

It is the first time that David Moyes’ side have been given a 5:45 p.m. for a European home game this season. The London club will be looking to overturn the 1-0 defeat they suffered in Freiburg last week.

West Ham fan reaction to available seats

@theongarboy on X (formerly Twitter) said: “To be fair I tend to think we’ve been fortunate that this is the first 5:45 we’ve had at home in Europe. I guess it’s a result of more British clubs progressing in Europa & Conference.”

Supporters also pointed out that the tickets sold so far might not be representative of the number of people that attend the game on the night. @icf66 said: “Sold and turning up are two different things, Burnley was apparently sold out, yet thousands of empty seats. Loads bought tickets before they knew the kick-off time. I’d be surprised if there’s 40,000 there. There’ll be one anyway, I’m going.”

Out of the 12,705 tickets still available for the Europa League clash, only 115 are located in the lower tiers of the ground. The rest are in the upper tiers.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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