The future of London’s Olympic stadium was brought into sharp focus once more after a Premiership football club expressed an interest in using the arena after the 2012 Games.
West Ham United’s new owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, expressed an interest in moving the club from its Upton Park home to the new Olympic stadium. The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) said it will review all “interest and enthusiasm” in the future use of the stadium, although previously the issue of a permanent running track and costs involved in setting a new capacity suitable for football had been a barrier to negotiations on the issue.
“We are perfectly clear that the future of this public asset is secured in a way which allows the best opportunities to come forward and, at the same time, offer the best value for money for the public purse,” says CEO of OPLC Andrew Altman.
“In the coming months, we will put in a place a process which will allow appropriate uses for the stadium to be brought forward. We will then evaluate against a set of criteria prior to the board of OPLC making recommendations to the Mayor and ministers.”