West Ham in new bid to move to Olympic Stadium

West Ham has submitted a new bid to become tenants at the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Games, after a previous deal with Newham Council collapsed following complaints from Tottenham, Leyton Orient and another anonymous party.

 West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said any move was conditional on the stadium being “fit for world-class football and feels like home to our deserving fans.”

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

West Ham hope to move about four miles from their current home at Upton Park to the new venue, which would hold 60,000 fans. Brady said the decision “had not been taken lightly” to apply for a 99-year lease of the stadium.

“From the outset it has been my firm, unwavering belief that the stadium can truly become a multi-use destination of which east London and the nation as a whole can be proud.”

The OLPC has said it wants tenants to retain a running track at the stadium, which is reported to have cost £486m to build and is due to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

A decision on the successful bidder is expected in May, two months before the Games open on 27 July.

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