Hammers will bid again
Updated Thursday, 13th October 2011
West Ham have confirmed that they will bid again to become the tenants of the Olympic Stadium after seeing their deal to move in collapse.
Following the Government and the OPLC’s decision to rip-up their previous decision to award the Stadium to the Hammers, the club still believe that their bid will still eventually be successful.
In a statement on the club official website, the board admit they are disappointed at the decision but believe that the merits of the Hammers’ bid have not changed.
“As you will no doubt have seen and read this week, the Government has decided to start a new process to determine the future of the Olympic Stadium after it became bogged down in legal wrangling.
“The best way to move forward is this new streamlined process that will shift the focus from the courtroom to the playing field.
“Before this news, the prospect of being able to use the fantastic achievement of securing the 2012 Games to create a lasting legacy for generations was in in real danger of being lost.
“Despite the court action and other tactics used, our position at West Ham United never changed and the merits of our legacy commitment have never been challenged. And they never will.
“Our unanimously supported proposal which earned us preferred bidder status back in February was for a multi-use, multi-sport stadium that provided a real home for football and athletics.
“It would have been open in 2014/15, and it would have been a destination for national sport and certainly a fitting stage for the 2017 World Athletic Championships.
“We will tender again with the same energy, vision and determination.”