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Stadium decision delayed again

Filed: Monday, 15th October 2012
By: Staff Writer

West Ham's anxious wait to find out whether they will be awarded use of the Olympic Stadium will go on a little longer after it was revealed that a decision expected this week would not now be made.

It had been expected that a decision as to which of the four bidding parties - West Ham United, Formula One, Leyton Orient or a football business college - would take control of the iconic venue would be made this week.

However West Ham United co-owner David Gold revealed tonight that that decision is to be delayed further. "Sadly the decision on the Olympic Stadium has been postponed," he said tonight via Twitter. "We must be patient but resolute."

The delay is thought to centre on a dispute as to who will provde the necessary funding to convert the stadium, which hosted the summer Olympic and Paralympic games, into a stadium suitable for football.

The London Legacy Development Corporation, with whom responsibilty for the decision lies are reported to have decided on Monday to delay the decision until such time as further negotiations have taken place.

The LLDC are keen for West Ham to make a sizeable contribution to the redevelopment costs, whilst United's board are keen for the Government to bear the brunt of it.

The Corporations Chief Executive Dennis Hone is said to have claimed that a final decision could be delayed until December. West Ham are yet to comment on this latest blow to their plans to move to Stratford.

The latest KUMB.com poll on the Olympic Stadium has resulted in two-thirds of voters backing the Board's plans to move from Upton Park to Stratford. You may see the current standings here.

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by Spyinthesky
09:29PM 17th Oct 2012
''Well a purpose-built stadium would cost more than the 200m estimated to give the stadium real retractable seating like the Stade de France and we don't have the money to even pay a substantial amount of the 200m. And of course poor public transport links would still featured at the Thames Crossing.''

by David Mayle
10:16AM 16th Oct 2012
''Managed to get to the Olympic Stadium over the summer - once for the Olympics and once for the Paralympics. Great atmosphere at the events, excellent transport links and worked well for watching athletics, but I still worry about how far away the players would be were it to be used for football.

How much would our contribution to the 'conversion' have to cost before we'd be better off with a purpose-built football stadium - maybe near the seemingly-to-be-resurrected Thames river-crossing?''

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