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Karren Brady: My open letter to London
14 Feb 2011
Thank you all. A lot has been said and written about the Olympic Stadium debate in the last weeks and months but what has come through loud and clear in a unanimous way is that the capital cares about its future.
The Olympic Stadium is about all of us. It has given Londoners - and the nation as a whole - a golden opportunity to have something permanent that will inspire millions just by its very existence. Fundamentally, this was about the ultimate SOS - Save Our Stadium - and the message was heard in the most sporting way.
The polls showed that people were behind us and that support was crucial to getting our message across.
The conviction with which the Olympic Park Legacy Company made us preferred bidders owes as much to our equal partners in this project, Newham Council. Their chief executive, Kim Bromley-Derry, is someone who I have worked closely with over the past year and I have to say he is a superb ambassador for the public sector. I would happily stand shoulder to shoulder with him in the private sector, too, such is his professionalism.
The mayor, Sir Robin Wales, has always been passionate about a proper legacy and improving the quality of life for east London people.
Within the club, of course, David Sullivan and David Gold have been tremendous and tireless.
This a superb way to end their first year back in charge of West Ham United but it is just one small step on the longer road for success on and off the pitch. They will not rest in pursuit of that goal and none of this would have been possible without their business acumen.
West Ham United and the London Borough of Newham may be seen as the main beneficiaries of the decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company last Friday but everyone will win as a result of keeping the bulldozers away - including, let's not forget, the loyal supporters of Tottenham Hotspur.
This will be a stadium that will attract people eager to experience the very best in sport, culture and live events.
Whether you are a supporter or player from Arsenal or Accrington, this will be a destination for the nation. Don't forget this will be the only stadium in the UK to have the word Olympic in its name. It was never a story about two proud football clubs against each other, although I am thrilled for our fantastic fans and determined to do them proud.
From our side, it was always about standing up for the promises made for London and what that meant for future generations.
The Olympian ideals are about inclusivity - hence the five rings to represent every major continent of the globe - and this will be a home from home for all. Something will be going on every single day.
Of course, I acknowledge that the OPLC decision rightly has to be ratified by the Mayor of London and Government but I could not let the backing we have received pass without this open letter of thanks at the earliest opportunity. Indeed, as well as thanking the OPLC, I must mention London Mayor Boris Johnson and sports minister Hugh Robertson for recognising the spirit of our campaign to date as part of a fair and even process.
In no particular order, I would also like to thank:
Lord Coe, Lamine Diack and Ed Warner, and all involved with UK Athletics and the IAAF.
Westfield, Live Nation, Essex Cricket, UEL, HS1 Ltd, ExCel, London City Airport, Newham PCT and everyone else who has endorsed our bid.
Lyn Brown, MP for West Ham, Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, and the dozens of MPs who personally pledged their support.
Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Haringey, Hounslow, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton and Southwark Councils.
The staff of West Ham United and Newham Council for building and backing a superb bid.
Hammers supporters, especially for understanding the club's need to protect its east London roots.
And, of course, the Evening Standard and its readers - along with the capital's other media including BBC London, London Tonight and Sky News - for recognising the importance of the debate to London and presenting the arguments for and against in a fair and even way.
I am sorry for anyone else I have forgotten, especially as we simply could not have done it without every single one of you.
Our capital has had some tough times in recent years but - from west to east and north to south - the spirit has never waned.
London is on the up and, in summer 2012, the world will be watching as the capital stages the best Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.
The legacy will then be entrusted to us. We will not let anyone down.
Thanks again to all.
Don't know if this is anywhere else, but Martin Samuel today:
so they got the stadium for london and the country, they have used save our season, now gone for save our stadium whats next save our souls, save our money, are they expecting us to be playing Accrington soon, and karen thanks for remembering at the bottom to mention the fans. did she think she won a BAFTA last night and this was her speech. Id like to bafta, right over her smug head.
Exclusive: Olympic Park architect protests over West Ham Stadium decision
http://insidethegames.biz/summer-olympi ... m-decision
From the West Ham Facebook page.
"West Ham's olympic director Ian Tompkins has revealed today that as it stands the new Stadium will not have claret and blue seating, the retractable seating is only being considered for behind the goals as we speak and that the top tiers behind each goal will be closed off when in 'football mode' due to being so far away, designing is on going (thanks to Kumb.com for this)"
Does anyone know where the original article came from?
This Os is getting worse and worse, i'm really dreading the move now they're only considering seats for behind the goals.
Bad bads gullivan, bad darts.
Probably from Rebirth's thread about his phone call with Ian Tompkins
Good to see they finally admit it's too far away
Plus Brady admitted on BBC Breakfast that the lower tier wasn't steep enough for football
I believe it is oft repeated that we would not inhabit the stadium if we had to keep the set up like that, it will be different or we wont go seems to be the line.
so the spin goes if it's not 'fit for football' we will walk away, but the board won't commit themselves publicly to say how it will be fit for football. All we get is 'trust us' bow locks and they ain't very good at keeping their word so all that trust us means absolutely nothing and we will have to put up whatever is forced our way
Adie, how many times does it have to be said that it can't be discussed publicly until we are announced as preferred tenant due to the confidentiality agreement. As and when that is announced then it will be put to the fans what the clubs proposals are in all areas of the matter. Remember being announced as the preferred tenant isn't the final signing over of the stadium. We then go into more detailed contract discussions and until we sign on that dotted line then both parties can walk away if desired, as has already happened if you remember.
Didn't they see us get relegated in their first full year? Either that's a lie to deflect this fact or she knows **** all about one of her part time jobs.
Couldn't give less of a ****.
Just **** off you patronising bint.
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