West Ham shouldn’t leave Upton Park

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Are West Ham the right team for the Olympic Stadium?

Date: 9th March 2014 at 10:25am
Written by Chris Knight

Bids from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United were first launched for the  Olympic Stadium in November 2010 in partnerships with Anschutz Entertainment Group and Newham Council respectively. By February 2011, West Ham had been selected as the "preferred bidder" for the arena by the London Legacy Development Board. Lengthy and messy legal proceedings ensued as both Leyton Orient and Spurs contested the decision. The O's believed the move contradicted FA rules and the arrival of a Premier League club in  their immediate area would threaten their very existence, while Tottenham sought answers over the bidding process due to fears that political influence had swayed the decision. It wasn't until December 2012 that the Hammers were ultimately confirmed as the new anchor tenants of the stadium, which has now officially been renamed the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Such was the controversy that the whole saga generated that the UK Athletics Chairman Ed Warner labelled the entire process as the "Stratford Farce". The deciding committee ultimately selected West ... Read More


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