YouTube group The Sidemen will travel to West Ham’s London stadium for their annual charity game this weekend.
The popular British band, led by KSI, will take on a team of YouTube All-Stars in the fifth installment of this highly anticipated event.
The original edition of the Sidemen charity match took place at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton in 2016.
The next three editions were all held at The Valley in London, home of Charlton Athletic.
But increased interest in the charity game saw the Sidemen leave the 27,000 capacity Charlton ground for West Ham.
Why is West Ham Stadium hosting the Sidemen Match?
The Sidemen have chosen to upgrade the venue where their match is taking place following unprecedented demand last year.
More than 170,000 people lined up for tickets to 2022 West Ham’s 62,000 capacity London stadium, allowing more people through the door.
This will in turn raise more money for many charities including Bright Side and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Original Sidemen member Ethan Payne, better known as Behzinga, is also a strong Hammers fan.
Graham Gilmore, CEO of London Stadium, said: “This event just goes from strength to strength, with the move to London Stadium demonstrating the success the Sidemen have built over the past few years, not only bringing together so many big names, but also raising funds for important projects. charities too.
“In addition, we will be delighted to welcome the huge global audience on streaming and digital channels, who will join the more than 60,000 supporters in the stadium! »
Sidemen’s Joshua Bradley, known as Zerkaa, speaking after the announcement said: “This is a major milestone for us.
“When we first organized this event in 2016, we never thought we would play in a stadium with over 62,000 people.
“Not only are we able to give back to our loyal fans, but being able to raise more funds for the charities that are so close to our hearts gives us so much to be proud and grateful for.
“We look forward to seeing you all in September.”
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