West Ham ‘could play with running track in stadium’ if league season is extended

West Ham could have to play in front of an athletics track if the Premier League season is extended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

That is because the Anniversary Games are set for July 4 and 5 at the London Stadium, usually a time when the season is finished.

As things stand all Premier League fixtures have been postponed until at least April 30 but it is highly likely that there will be no play on this date.

COV-19 is spreading more and more every day and dates continue to be put back for normality to be resumed.

New UK Athletics boss Joanna Coates has called on West Ham to waive their tenancy rights, which see matches take priority over other activities.

But Hammers season ticket holders would be affected if this happens as the London Stadium capacity would be reduced, according to The Sun .

A London Legacy Development Corporation spokesperson said: “The situation is very fluid and, like many other stadiums with summer events, it is too soon to give details of future arrangements.

“Whilst West Ham do have priority, there is also a clear obligation to work collaboratively to avoid conflicts and, if necessary, play games with the seating and track for athletics.

“That would all be worked through when there is clarity on what plans there are, if any, for the football season.”

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold said: “According to the terms of the contract, West Ham has priority when it comes to fulfilling fixtures.

“But we would be willing to work with our partners to try to resolve an unprecedented situation.”

West Ham would be keen to have a full stadium for their remaining home fixtures to help them steer clear of relegation.

Before the coronavirus outbreak the team were languishing in 16th place, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

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