Well..... ive been talking to Ian Tompkins Corporate affairs director about the Olympic stadium.... here's what he had to say...
"Thank you for your email about the Olympic Stadium.
Will be happy to discuss this further with if you want to. Please feel free to call me on either of the numbers below.
Corporate Affairs Director
West Ham United PLC
Boleyn Ground, Green Street
London E13 9AZ"
So i wrote back, in so many words basically explaining that although West Ham fans understand.. that for the growth of the club, we would need to move forward and one day move stadium.... that the worst possible thing for the club would be to move to ANY stadium with a running track, ruining the matchday experience for the supports , and that todays "ten point" exercise clearly states that the owners have promised to listen to the fans ... so.. would they listen to the fans concern and unhappiness about moving to a stadium with a running track? "
"Thanks for your email and I fully understand your concerns.
All we have done so far is registered our interest in the stadium. This is just the beginning of a process over the coming months in which we need to find out a lot more about the feasibility of such a move before making any final decisions. Having gained a proper understanding of what it and isn’t possible we will then present more detailed proposals to supporters. Please be assured we will listen to what people have to say and ultimately only do what is in the best interests of West Ham United.
However – and as you suggest – the Olympic Stadium represents a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the club to grow and move to the next leveI. It is only right that we explore that further.
Please keep in touch.
But... Im a bit confused.... doesnt the official website CLEARLY state that we have put forward a bid/proposal? isnt putting forward a bid totally different from registering an interest? as an analogy.. its a bit like saying to the press "yeah.. id be interested in owning West Ham".... instead of ACTUALLY putting in a bid for the club ... , however the official statement from the club says "we have put in a bid.. submitted a proposal.. AND it includes the running track remaining !! " thats a huge difference from just registering an interest .. no?
so ive written back to Ian on this matter.....
Once again thank you for your swift and courteous reply.
But I must point out that what you have just told me and what appears on the clubs official site, are in a way two different comments or views on the situation...
You have commented that all the club has done is registered an interest, while the clubs official statement on this matter clearly states that not only has the club registered an interest, but has actually put forward a proposal ..
Showing an interest and putting forward a proposal are two totally different things... especially when the clubs website clearly states that it's proposal to occupy the stadium WILL include the retaining of the athletics track around the pitch.
http://www.whufc.com/articles/20100517/ ... 84_2053629
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"A ground-breaking proposal has been submitted on Monday
to ensure that football and athletics can be the best of neighbours at the 2012 Olympic Stadium.
Newham Council and West Ham United's radical plan presented to the Olympic Park Legacy Company is to make the venue in Stratford a vibrant centre of sport, culture and education.
Open all year round, it would have an active community use, inspiring learning and achievement and helping to create a better quality of life for tens of thousands of people.
- which is backed by Essex Cricket, the University of East London (UEL) and Newham College of Further Education - is for a stadium with a capacity of up to 60,000 that would retain the competition athletics track
. It will have 80,000 seats for the Games."
That pretty much suggests that not only has the club registered an interest ... but followed up an interest and submitted a detailed plan / offer which includes/retains the athletics track around the proposed playing area/pitch should West Ham United secure occupancy of the stadium .. thats practically saying "yes we want the stadium... here is our bid .. oh and yes we WILL keep the running track around the pitch when we occupy the stadium" ...
I hope i dont come across as being rude , thats certainly not my intention, but its either "we are interested and looking into it" or "we have put in a bid/proposal... and it WILL mean the running track remains" which the clubs official website most certainly seems to be suggesting or is that not the case???
So in all honesty in your opinion.. is there ANY chance of the running track being removed and the stands being close to the pitch if West Ham United become the tenants of the olympic stadium ? Or like the official statement seems to suggest.. that we have submitted our plans and the track will remain no matter what?
If all we have done is registered an interest, then perhaps the clubs statement should choose its words more carefully, cause it clearly states our proposal includes the running track remaining "
I await his reply ......