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West Ham United named preferred candidate for Olympic Stadium

West Ham United named preferred candidate for Olympic Stadium
West Ham United have been named as the preferred candidate to take up the residency at the Olympic Stadium.

The Premier League club's bid was ranked by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) as the number one choice for the ground following a meeting on Wednesday (December 5th). West Ham beat the likes of League One side Leyton Orient, UCFB College of Football Business and a consortium which are linked to Formula One but the completion of the stadium will not be ready until 2015 when the team will potentially move in.

Officials noted that the £429 million facility will need to be converted for football purposes and West Ham stated that the athletics track which flanks the playing surface will be retained. The club also explained how the decision to award them the use of the stadium represents the creation  of a legacy for east London following the 2012 Olympic Games meaning that the facility does not go to waste and is in constant use over the coming year.

Karren Brady, vice-chairman of the Hammers, said: "Our vision for the stadium has always been about standing up for the promises made for London back in Singapore in 2005. We are committed to delivering our promises as set out in our bid.

"The hard work really does start here and work is already well underway to ensure that we really bring our community, which includes 500,000 supporters in east London and Essex alone, with us."

The move would represent a significant increase on the club's current capacity at their Boleyn Ground home which holds just over 35,000. The Olympic Stadium has scope to house 80,000 supporters but this could change over the course of the construction process as the club develops the ground for football purposes.

West Ham have been playing their home games at the Boleyn Ground since 1905 and have seen the ground sell-out a number of times since they were promoted back to the Premier League at the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

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Date: 05/12/2012 16:44:20

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