West Ham selected for Olympic Stadium

Premier League football club West Ham United have been selected ahead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur as tenants for the Olympic Stadium.

After a sometimes bitter contest the Hammers were selected following a unanimous vote by the Olympic Park Legacy Company executive committee.

The decision will now be ratified by the OPLC board, two government departments and the mayor of London, possibly next week.

However, it appears unlikely any body will reject the preferred choice of the OPLC.

Karren Brady, vice chairman of West Ham United, said the decision was a “momentous day” for the club.

“I would like to thank the Olympic Park Legacy Company for making us preferred bidder and acknowledge everyone involved in what has been a truly professional process.

“I would also like to recognise the significant contribution of Newham Council, who have shared in our exciting vision from day one, and thank our supporters for trusting in us to take West Ham United to a new level.”

Newham Council joined the Premier League club for the successful bid.

Robin Wales, mayor of Newham, said: “We are delighted by the announcement.

“We think this decision is the right one and the nation will be the biggest winner.”

West Ham had won wide public support for their bid, largely thanks to a pledge to maintain a running track at the site.

Rivals Tottenham had outlined a plan to demolish the existing stadium and built an arena designed purely for football.

Baroness Ford, head of the OPLC, said: “We have made a unanimous recommendation to back West Ham and the borough of Newham as the long term tenant.

“This represents the very best legacy for the stadium.

“It is cracking for the communities of east London and a really good outcome for sport.”


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