Filed: Tuesday, 20th December 2011
By: Staff Writer
OPLC Chief Executive Andrew Altman has hinted that West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium may not be as cut-and-dried as initially thought.
Last October, following the collapse of West Ham United's original, accepted bid London Mayou Boris Johnson revealed that the Hammers would "almost certainly" win the second round of bidding, which takes place in March 2012 with a decision to be announced in May.
However that may not now be the case according to Altman, who insists that the OPLC are looking at other potential solutions - including joint bids bewteen competing sports such as football and rugby.
"We believe that there are other combinations," he said. "We welcome football but we're not wholly dependent on football. There are other combinations and other sports, there's concerts and other activities that can also provide revenues."
It has also been revealed that naming rights for the stadium will be managed by the OPLC themselves and not the eventual tenant - meaning that West Ham, are they to move to Stratford in 2014, would have no say over the name of the club's new home.
Despite the fact that West Ham - who remain hot favourites to take the Olympic Stadium - would not own the ground nor have any say in its name, the club would still be expected to cover the costs of adding retractable seating in the event of a successful bid.
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09:50PM 20th Dec 2011
''even more of a reason to not go for it!''
by g portugal
09:06PM 20th Dec 2011
'' We'll see how many football clubs are prepared to cover the cost of retractable seating if the UK falls into a full-blown recession. Arrogance in the extreme from the OPLC.''
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