West Ham Close in on Olympic Stadium Deal

West Ham Close in on Olympic Stadium Deal

WEST HAM look like beating Tottenham in the race to occupy the Olympic stadium thanks to support from organisers of the 2012 Games.

The Olympic Park Legacy Committee has reportedly decided to back the Hammers’ bid for the stadium on the grounds that it includes plans for an athletics track, while Tottenham’s scheme doesn’t.

Despite the reports, which the BBC says come from OPLC executives, the OPLC itself is staying tight-lipped on the merits of the rival bids.

“It is pure speculation to say that a decision has been made,” said an OPLC spokesperson.

“Our board meets on Friday. There will be presentations by OPLC officers of both bids and a vote to recommend a preferred bidder.”

Assuming the BBC has its information right and West Ham get the nod, the next step after Friday’s meeting is for London Mayor Boris Johnson and then government ministers to rubber stamp the decision.

Despite Johnson’s rumoured support for Tottenham’s football-only bid, it is thought unlikely the mayor will overturn OPLC’s decision.

London Olympics 2012