West Ham’s Olympic Stadium move set to be approved today

West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium is set to get a final approval from the mayor of London and government ministers today.

The Hammers were chosen as the Olympic Park Legacy Company’s preferred tenant for the Stratford stadium last month, winning out over Premiership rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Now their joint move with Newham council is expected to be jointly approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Boris Johnson later today.

A statement by communities minister Bob Neill will be released this morning and is likely to set out why West Ham became the number one choice.

It is thought the club showed it would better provide for a multi-sports use stadium and that they would be able to move in quicker than Spurs.

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The north London club planned to demolish the existing 80,000-seater stadium, in the heart of east London’s Olympic Park and turn it into a football-only venue.

More to follow today on the reasons behind the decision.

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