OPLC warns West Ham Olympic Stadium ‘win’ still speculation

THE team that will decide the future of the Olympic Stadium have warned any talk that West Ham have won the rights to take it over is premature.

THE team that will decide the future of the Olympic Stadium have warned any talk that West Ham have won the rights to take it over is premature.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company said a decision between West Ham and Spurs will only be made tomorrow, despite the BBC declaring the Hammers had won the right to the stadium after 2012.

Their plan is to keep an athletics track and expand the uses of the stadium to include events and sports such as cricket, although it does involve a multi-million pound loan from Newham Council.

A statement released on Wednesday evening by the OPLC said: “There has been a lot of anticipation and speculation about the future of the Olympic Stadium. We have always been clear about the robust process involved in taking such an important decision.


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“This evening, the Olympic Park Legacy Company confirmed that its board will be presented with both shortlisted bids on Friday 11th February 2011. Board members will take time to consider them both before voting to recommend a preferred bidder for the Stadium. This decision will then be subject to approval by the Government and the Mayor’s Office.”

The company added that as well as Spurs and West Ham, there is still the option to convert the stadium to 25,000 seats as originally planned.

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West Ham joint chairman David Sullivan was yesterday in bullish mood, saying: “Everything adds up and we are all now together on the starting line of a fantastic adventure. There is real excitement in the air and we just want to get going.”

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