Hammers confirm Olympic Stadium tenancy bid

Hammers confirm Olympic Stadium tenancy bid

West Ham have confirmed that they have submitted a bid to become tenants of the Olympic Stadium in London after the 2012 Games.

The Hammers won the original contest to move to the stadium in Stratford last year, but that deal collapsed following complaints from Tottenham, Leyton Orient, and another anonymous party.

The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) decided to start the process over again but instead offer the stadium on a lease basis, rather than a permanent one.

The deadline for submissions was noon today and the npower Championship club confirmed their intentions to bid to move to the flagship stadium of the 2012 Olympics this afternoon.

A statement on the club’s website read: “West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has today confirmed the club’s intention to submit a bid by lunchtime (Friday 23 March) to be the anchor user of the Olympic Stadium post-Games in line with the OPLC deadline.”

West Ham have applied for a 99-year lease of the stadium, which is reported to have cost £486m (€593m) to build.

Brady said: “Having spent the last two years dedicated to this project I am privileged to once more be submitting West Ham United’s bid to become the anchor concessionaire of the Olympic Stadium post the 2012 Games."

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