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    Default West Ham get the Olympic Stadium

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    West Ham have beaten Tottenham in the race to take over the Olympic Stadium after being announced as the preferred bidder by the Olympic Park Legacy Company.

    The OPLC confirmed in a news conference on Friday that West Ham have won unanimous approval to move into the Stratford venue following the 2012 Games after they were judged to have fulfilled more of the criteria set by the organisation than Tottenham.

    The announcement came after the 14 voting members of the OPLC board gathered for a special meeting on Friday morning, where the future of the venue was the only item on the agenda.

    The board's decision has to be ratified by two Government departments and the London Mayor's office, and that is likely to take place next week, but it would be highly unusual if their choice was not rubber-stamped by the ministers and Boris Johnson.
    West Ham and Tottenham have been embroiled in a fierce war of words over the stadium in the last few months, with both clubs keen to take over the 80,000 capacity venue, which Spurs were planning to downsize to a 60,000-seater football-only ground.

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    Reports were leaked earlier this week that the east London club were the winning bidders following controversy over Spurs' intention to remove the running track inside the stadium if successful in their bid.

    Their plans were to create a largely redeveloped football-only stadium without the track and redevelop the Crystal Palace athletics stadium for that sport.

    Doing so would have meant breaking promises made to the International Olympics Committee back in 2005 as part of London's legacy when bidding for the Games, and could have caused huge embarrassment to ministers and Johnson.

    West Ham made it clear in their bid that they would keep the running track and also stressed their dedication to putting back into the community, with co-owner David Sullivan proposing several uses for the venue and underlining the club's interest in the local area.

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    He said earlier this week: "The motive of myself and my partner David Gold is to give something back to the community we came from and are still a part of.

    "The Olympic Stadium will motivate and regenerate East London and Essex."

    It seems the cost of the West Ham development also counted in the Hammers' favour, with the club planning to spend only £95million, with £40million coming in the form of a loan from bid partner Newham Council, while Spurs' proposals would have seen the club borrow around £250million.

    The speed with which the club would move into the venue has also been taken into account, with Spurs' rebuilding plans meaning it could have taken the club months to relocate.

    The decision will strike a severe blow to Tottenham, who were looking to establish themselves as a permanent fixture in football's elite with a move to the high-profile venue.

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    Good, let them have the white elephant. Please Daniel Levy, do not try and start legal proceedings.

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    None of the fans even want it
    It would have been dumb giving it to spurs though when they're a North London team.. Imagine 50,000+ spurs fans travelling to stratford every other week.

    But it's gonna kill the atmosphere having that track around it anyway and West Ham wont fill the stadium. All the fans wanna stay at Upton park too.
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    How can you leave upton park man it wont be the same. Upton park is upton park. are they gonna demolish it then?

    nahhh, cant allow this. And a track around it The PL is known for the atmosphere, yet you want a team to have a track around it. They're still fighting for PL football next season and they're gonna be in a 60k stadium? East ham wont be the same

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    Fucking stupid

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    Two days in May could be key to West Hamís short and long-term future.

    The Championship Play-off Final is on Saturday May 19 and while the Upton Park club are still hopeful of automatic promotion, manager Sam Allardyce has conceded his team may need to win all six remaining games to reach that goal.

    Two days later is an even more crucial date for West Ham when they will learn whether their bid to become an anchor tenant at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, has been successful.

    West Ham are one of four bidders for main use of the stadium post this summerís Games. A consortium including Essex County Crickety Club and the University of East London has submitted a proposal while concert promoters Live Nation are rumoured to be one of two as yet un-named further bidders.

    West Ham are adamant that no seats will be further away that those at Wembley.

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    They should get it. Lol at how far it is from the pitch though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hij View Post
    They should get it. Lol at how far it is from the pitch though
    Nah its cool. To warm up the subs can do hurdles or some shit.

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    Nah its cool. To warm up the subs can do hurdles or some shit.
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    Should keep it an Athletics stadium tbh. I was there on Saturday (probably when that pic was taken) and it's fucking stupid having a football team in it.
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    Looool that stadium is crap for a football club, the running track looks wider than usual aswell. Unlucky Wet Spam fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NSF View Post
    Looool that stadium is crap for a football club, the running track looks wider than usual aswell. Unlucky Wet Spam fans.
    Looks like a 400 metre track to me (typical distance for an Athletics track)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pristine Condition View Post
    Looks like a 400 metre track to me (typical distance for an Athletics track)
    Nah I meant when you see running tracks at european stadiums it never looks like there's that much space between the track and the seats but in these pics it looks quite far away. I can't see them going ahead with it anyway tbh the fans should just boycott the stadium. How would Spurs have taken the track out? Wouldn't that mean pulling the seats forward? Wouldn't think that was possible without completely taken it apart from the foundations.

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    You'd hve to basically rebuild the stands if you took out the track? Or dig the track out and lower the pitch>
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pristine Condition View Post
    Should keep it an Athletics stadium tbh. I was at there on Saturday (probably when that pic was taken) and it's fucking stupid having a football team in it.
    Thats why they let a stupid team have it.
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    Looks shit tbh

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    Worst stadium ever.

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    how can they try say the distance wont be further than at wembley

    lol at tottenham for ever wanting this aswell, atmosphere will be dead.
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