Filed: Friday, 23rd March 2012
By: Staff Writer
Was it ever in doubt? West Ham have confirmed they the club have re-submitted a bid for the Olympic Stadium.
With today's midday deadline for bid submissions having just passed, Vice Chair Karren Brady has confirmed that West Ham United WILL be one of several parties vying for use of the stadium.
Speaking via a statement on whufc.com, 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.
"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. I have never lost sight of our vision to play our part, along with the Stadium's major stakeholders, in ensuring it grows into a global asset, the 'jewel in the crown' of the Park that will be watched by the world.
"Our vision for the Stadium has always been about standing up for the promises made for London back in Singapore in 2005 and what they meant for our future generations. We are honoured to have once more received the support and backing of our friends at UK Athletics.
"I would like to thank the many West Ham supporters who have given their time to share their opinions on our proposed move ahead of this decision and despite the considerable constraints and confidentially agreements we were required to enter into, I can assure them their feedback has been instrumental in informing the Board's approach to our bid.
"We have not taken this decision lightly and I should be clear that any move to the Stadium is conditional on the fact that it must provide an arena that is fit for world-class football and feels like home to our deserving fans."
The winners of the latest bidding process - for which, it has been confirmed, there are four applicants - will be announced on 21st May.
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by Aussie Al
04:15PM 23rd Mar 2012
''She's not taken a blind bit of notice of what the majority of fans want, which is to stay at Upton Park. Funny, I knew she wouldn't.
In my opinion, if you think the team's playing poorly at home at the moment, just wait till we start playing at the Olympic Stadium, where the players'll be yards from the fans, and the atmosphere will be NIL.''