Club statement

Following a number of calls and emails from supporters, West Ham United would like to explain the reason behind the decision not to show the FA Cup final live on the big screens at Upton Park on Saturday.

Stadium Manager John Ball says: "We did approach the safety authorities and police about the possibility of opening the stadium in order for supporters to watch the FA Cup final on the big screens, but we were informed that, as resources were already stretched, they would not be able to offer the required levels of security and safety, and so, unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the idea."

However, this will NOT affect the Executive screening of the final, taking place in the Castle Suite on Saturday. Supporters who have already booked tickets for this event can be assured that they will be able to gain entrance via the main reception at Upton Park. 

Meanwhile, we would also like to remind supporters travelling to Cardiff by coach on Saturday that there will be no car park spaces available on the premises of the Boleyn Ground.

Due to the fact that a number of large functions will be taking place at Upton Park throughout the day, fans driving to the stadium ahead of boarding their coach will have to use public street parking. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.