West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are going to have to wait longer in their quest for the ownership of the Olympic Stadium, as Fridays proposed decision on the future of the Olympic Stadium has been put on hold.
The two Premiership clubs are vying to have the Olympic stadium as their home following the 2012 Olympic Games.
The decision was scheduled to be announced by the Olympic Park Legacy Committee this coming Friday; however, they have now stated that they need more time to assess the bids from both clubs.
When London 2012 won the rights to host the Olympic Games, they made a promise to the International Olympic Committee that they would create an Athletics legacy.
However, Tottenham and AEG want to create an athletics legacy elsewhere and knock down the stadium in Stratford, concentrating on an investment in the National Sports Centre located at Crystal Palace.
West Ham would appear to be favourites to land the venue as they plan to build a 60,000 capacity venue for athletics, concerts, and community use. This move would see the running track stay at the venue, and also allow for football to be played.
If neither club were to get the venue as their home, it would then be converted into a 25,00-seater mixed-used-venue.
A spokesperson for the OPLC stated, “Given the detailed nature of both bids received, we need more time to seek further clarification with both bidders in order to identify a preferred bidder”.
“The stadium is a significant public asset and we have a duty to run a robust process”.
There has been no indication as of yet from the OPLC when a decision will now be made, both clubs will need to be patient, and may use the extra time to attempt to build more publicity for their claims.
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