West Ham United have been given the green light for their move to the Olympic Stadium.
The announcement comes following a unanimous decision by the Olympic Park Legacy Company in favour of the clubs bid to take over the London stadium following the Olympics.
West Ham saw off competition from fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur, as their bid fulfilled the five criteria i.e. the clubs desire to keep the athletics track.
Bob Neill, the minister for junior communities said; “This completes the first stage of this process and means that the OPLC are now able to enter into negotiations with the consortium comprising West Ham United Football Club and the London Borough of Newham to agree a lease for the Olympic Stadium site on terms that are acceptable to Government and the Mayor of London and provide value for money to the public sector.”
“We are delighted with the progress that has been made and very pleased we have reached this very significant milestone in determining the long-term legacy for the Olympic Park following the Games” stated Neill.
The Hammers plan to convert the 80,000 seater stadium to a 60,000 capacity stadium / facility and keep the athletics track as requested.
West Ham intend to make the move from their current home Upton Park for the 2014/15 season, in which they plan to spend £95 million on plans to convert the venue after the Olympics.