West Ham United submit bid to move to Olympic Stadium after London 2012 Games

Bid includes plan to use stadium as a host for other sporting and non-sporting events...

West Ham United have officially lodged a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford after the games in London in two years time.

Scott Parker, Carlton Cole and Mark Noble took the joint proposal with Newham Council to 10 Downing Street on Thursday after it was presented to the Olympic Park Legacy Company earlier in the day.

It claimed that the east London club are the only team that would successfully fulfil the required legacy stated when the capital city were named hosts of the sporting event.

The plan including an reduction of the stadium’s capacity from 80,000 to 60,000 and would also host other football events, like concerts and other community activities.

West Ham also plan to house "innovative and exciting education resources" and "health and well-being programmes", along with an Olympic visitor centre and football museum.

With the backing of London 2012 chairman Lord Coe and UK Athletics chaiman Ed Warner, if the Premier League club are successful, their current stadium Upton Park would be demolished, making way for new homes, shops and community facilities.

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady said: "We believe this is the only bid that can deliver London's legacy commitment to the International Olympic Committee.

"The last thing anyone wants is for the Olympic Stadium to become a ghost of Olympics past. The only realistic solution is to make the stadium work for a Premier League football team and that should be West Ham United.

"As a top-flight football club, we have the necessary expertise in running a major multi-purpose venue.

"Working with Newham Council, we could ensure extensive use of the stadium that would create prosperity in the local area and see this club grow and move on to another level.

"Our plan to keep most of the stadium in place protects the public investment."

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales added: "Our proposal with West Ham is the natural and logical solution that will provide a legacy for decades to come.

"Our plans will deliver upwards of two million visitors each year and provide a significant beacon in the East End that will fulfil the original London 2012 bid commitments.

"A busy stadium will enhance the regeneration of the wider area and, importantly, there will be no cost to the public purse after the stadium's conversion."

Hammers captain Parker, who was joined by Newham Young Mayor Kaycee de Belen and pupils from Cleves Primary School, Upton Park, at Downing Street today, said: "I've been around the stadium and it is fantastic.

"It is going to be a superb venue for the Olympic Games and one we can all be proud of.

"But it also offers great potential after 2012, not just for West Ham and sport in general but for the local community. I really hope we get it."

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