Safety and security update ahead of Southampton fixture

London Stadium


A series of measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of supporters attending Saturday’s Premier League game against Southampton at London Stadium.

In light of the regrettable actions of a small minority of individuals during West Ham’s fixture with Burnley, the Club has worked closely alongside stadium operators LS185, E20, the Metropolitan Police, London Borough of Newham and fans - via the Supporter Advisory Board – to implement a number of proactive steps with the safety and security of everyone coming to the game our foremost priority.

Heightened measures will include a significantly enhanced number of police officers and security personnel at London Stadium, as well a dynamic pitch response team.

To assist with creating the safest environment possible for all and following direction from the Safety Advisory Group, several security gates will also be in operation throughout the Stadium both on the bridges within the lower tier and on the internal concourses, which will restrict fans’ migration around the stadium.

With these new measures in place, supporters are advised to allow extra time to take their seats before the 3pm kick-off. The Club are, as always, committed to providing fans with the best matchday experience possible, with these procedures only in place for the safety and security of all inside London Stadium.

Every ticket holder is an ambassador for this Club and we would like to remind those coming to London Stadium on Saturday of their responsibilities to themselves, their fellow supporters, the team and everyone associated with the Club to support West Ham United in a passionate, respectful manner.

Lifetime bans were issued to individuals who crossed safety barriers to enter the field of play during the Burnley fixture, while a number of others were banned for life for violently throwing coins or objects with intent to injure or harm on the bridge directly in front of the Directors’ Box.

As part of an ongoing thorough investigation, the Club expect additional bans to be confirmed imminently.

During the second half of that Burnley game, we witnessed scenes that none of us would like to see repeated and this Saturday we encourage you all to join us in backing the team in a hugely important fixture and make us all feel proud of West Ham United again.