West Ham United having the 4th highest average attendance in the Europa League and the 3rd highest in the Premier League shows the impact that the London Stadium has had.
The Hammers have an incredible average attendance of 48,464 in the Europa League so far this season, and the fan’s loyalties have a massive impact on the pitch for the players.
In the Europa League, only Barcelona, Celtic and Marseille have a higher percentage and the Hammers are above the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
It is evident that the theory of a ’12th man’ has worked in this case for West Ham, having only lost four games at home in the top flight all season.
Eight wins and three draws in 15 games, is a big improvement on the last few years – and the Hammers are just two wins away from matching the same amount of home wins as last year’s campaign.
As seen during the club’s Europa League round of 16 match against Sevilla, the support was extraordinary in a record-breaking and sell out crowd.
It goes to show that having a high attendance and a roaring stadium can really influence the team’s performance.
West Ham’s displays on the pitch continue to improve at home, and fans are enjoying the stadium again just as they did with Upton Park before the move.
Next Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final encounter with Lyon will no doubt have a thunderous atmosphere and is another sell out crowd, as attendance levels continue to rise for the Hammers.