Stephen Timms, the MP for East Ham, today welcomed the recommendations made by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) for West Ham Football Club to move in to the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 Olympic Games.
The decision followed months of debate over the merits of the two bids – from local team West Ham United Football Club and their North London Rivals Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The recommendation must now be ratified by the OPLG, two government departments and the Mayor of London.
West Ham put in a very strong bid, and as the local team there was a lot of support in Newham and around the country for their bid. Unlike Spurs’ plan to scrap the running track in the stadium, West Ham have promised to keep the track, ensuring the athletics legacy of the Olympic Stadium which was promised when London won the Games.
“I am delighted by today’s decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company to award West Ham United the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games. This will be a boost for the local community in Newham and for the Club. We now need to plan carefully and imaginatively for the future of the Boleyn ground site.”
“I look forward to watching West Ham playing in what will be a terrific stadium, and possibly the best in the country, after the 2012 Olympic Games.”